Ronald Koeman is leaving no stone unturned, as he looks to improve the Everton squad for the challenges next season. After having signed the likes of Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen, the Dutch manager is still adamant to make some star signings and the latest name that is now close to a move to the Goodison Park this summer is Burnley defender Michael Keane.
The former Manchester United man was deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford by previous manager Louis van Gaal but he came back strongly with his stint at the Turf Moor and has also established himself as one of the best defenders in the country, earning a place in the national side as well.
He has constantly been linked with a move to the biggest clubs in England but reports from the Telegraph now claim that they have all but completed the signing of the central defender this summer.
It is understood that Everton are ready to pay £31m, £25m up front, for his signature and this will come as a huge blow to the best clubs in England, who are also after the 24-year old. But is he the right man for Everton?
The Blues used Ashley Williams regularly alongside Phil Jagielka last season after they saw John Stones join Manchester City in a big-money move last summer. The former Swansea man was not consistent and Jagielka is well past his prime. So Koeman definitely needs a central defender who can contribute to the first team immediately but can also be an option for the long term.
And Keane seems to fit this bill perfectly. Strong and dominant in the air, Keane is a no-nonsense defender, who does not like to invite pressure on his side. He was excellent in a compact system under Sean Dyche and though might take some time to adjust to the conditions of the Goodison Park, is one of the best options to lead the defensive line for the club for years to come.
Williams and Jagielka have enormous experience under their belt and are sure to help Keane settle in at the highest stage pretty well. At £31m, he may be a tad expensive, but in this inflated transfer market, Everton may have just made a signing that can change their status for years to come.
With Romelu Lukaku gone, Koeman might look to add more to his attack but Keane will definitely solve their problems at the back.
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