Michael Keane has turned down the chance to move to Liverpool and Manchester United in favour of a transfer to Everton, according to reports in the English media.
Manchester United were believed to be interested in re-signing their academy product, but instead chose to spend £31m on Swedish defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica.
Back in November 2016, the Daily Mail revealed that Man United are entitled to 25% of Michael Keane’s next transfer fee.
Keane was called into the England squad for the first time last October and made his senior global debut earlier this year in a friendly defeat to Germany.
If Everton do get this deal over the line, and as long as they keep striker Romelu Lukaku, they’ll nearly certainly be in and around the top four come the end of next season.
“I think if Everton get there before them they have signed an extremely good central defender that is going to improve and maybe even move on for bigger money when he eventually goes”.
That likely arrival will see Everton’s summer spending over the £75m mark, with Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez’s arrival also set to be announced shortly. He is on duty with Spain Under-21s as they prepare to face Germany in the European Championship final in Poland.
The 24-year-old is believed to be valued at around £25m, but Manchester United are understood to be due 25 per cent of any transfer fee for their former defender.