Why Chelsea should make a move for Michael Keane

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The 23 year-old Burnley defender would be the perfect option for the Blues at the back, writes Sam May.

 Antonio Conte is considering a £25 million bid for the impressive Clarets centre-back as he looks to transition his defence. With questions raised over the future of captain John Terry, 35, the Stamford Bridge side will look to secure a replacement for the most long serving player at any Premier League club.

The Blues also have Nathan Aké, who recently returned from his loan spell at Bournemouth, but is not breaking into the team, and may move again in the summer.

Burnley have already turned down offers from Premier League clubs, in the region of £15 million. The player was not for sale. A higher bid in the summer however could tempt Sean Dyche into cashing in.

Kean started at Manchester United a club that he states is still close to his heart. He left the Red Devils to join Burnley in 2015 on a three-and-a-half-year deal after not being given the chance to showcase his talent at Old Trafford.

Having been called up to the England set-up last year, Keane who has played for England at under-19, under-20 and under-21 levels, will be hoping to cement a regular place in Gareth Southgate’s squad. If he continues to perform then expect him feature sooner, rather than later.

Signing for Chelsea would give him Champions League experience, and pit him against the best in Europe. Aerially he is very strong meaning he can be an asset in both penalty boxes. Rarely making mistakes, he has improved vastly over the past 12 months. The Clarets have provided an excellent football education for Keane, but he is outgrowing Burnley’s aspirations, so a move is on the cards.

Antonio Conte is a great coach, especially in the defensive half and Keane would benefit from working with the Italian. Moreover, Keane is a homegrown player and Chelsea have a distinct lack of these on their books. This is a major reason why they are sourcing English centre-back targets and he is one of the best options available. It would be a good move for Chelsea, and a great move for Keane.

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