Though Burnley wants to make Michael Keane the highest paid player in their history, Premier League champions Leicester City stand in their way
Leicester City are really looking to bulk up the defense going into next season.
Even though their defense was 4th best in the Premier League last season they have already made two defense transfers in Luis Hernandez (CB) and Nampalys Mendy (DM). Now, they are looking to make it a third addition to the defense in Michael Keane.
There are reports that Leicester City have placed a £15 million bid for the Burnley defender with a potential £3 million of add-ons based on performance.
Keane was an integral part of Burnley’s defense last season which helped them to win the Football Championship and earn promotion to the Premier League. He only missed 2 league games all of last season and he started the other 44 times. He also managed 5 goals as defender and had the 3rd highest pass completion percentage (78.8%) for the newly promoted side. You can see a full list of his impressive stats here.
Burnley originally acquired Keane on loan from Manchester United for the 2014-2015 Championship season. Part way through the season on 8 January 2015 they made the move permanent, signing him to a 3 and half-year deal.
After the completion of this season knowing they were to be promoted, they tried to make Keane the highest paid player in the club’s history with a 4 year deal. He rejected due to the foxes interest and the lure of Champions League football.
The move makes sense for the Leicester squad. During their improbable title run last season, a relatively thin side managed to have no major injuries all season. The odds of that are incredibly unlikely, and with the addition of Champions League in their schedule, manager Claudio Ranieri knows he needs to bulk up the squad.
Right now it seems like Burnley, who are very desperate to keep the 23-year-old defender, are not going to accept any offer less than £20 million. Leicester’s initial offer can only equal £18 million if all the add-ons came to fruition, but its likely they will increase their offer if need be to get the talented youngster.
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If Keane’s move to King Power Stadium does happen, it won’t be an entirely new place for him. He actually played the 2012-2013 Championship league season for Leicester while out on loan from Manchester United. He made 22 appearances that season and scored 2 goals for the club.
Leicester City is determined to prove that last season was not a fluke and are hoping Michael Keane will be another piece of the puzzle to bulk up the defense and help them be competitive both in the Premier League and the Champions League.