Manchester United have been linked with the surprise recall of former youth academy prospect Michael Keane in the latest news cycle.
In an Oddyseus style twist Keane could end up taking the long way around to releasing his dream of representing Manchester United at senior level.
British media outlet, The Mirror, suggests that the fee could be huge:
Former United boss Louis van Gaal sold Keane to Burnley in 2015 but Mourinho is keen to bring him back
But the United boss would now have to pay around £30million
Manchester United sold the player just two years ago for £2.5m GBP and, even in today’s crazy market, the fee to re-sign him would be remarkable.
Keane has been superb since he moved to Burnley – a stalwart in a stubborn defence – and that form has catapulted him to the fringes of the England international team. Keane has played twice for England since his debut earlier this year.
He made just five appearances in total for Manchester United in the senior team between 2011 and 2015 and never looked like the sort of dominant centre back that United fans were accustomed to seeing.
But his game has come on in leaps and bounds and a summer move is not impossible to imagine.
But whether he is noticeably better than Manchester United’s current roster of Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling is open to debate and 30m GBP seems like an awful lot of money for a player who may not immediately command a regular place in the side.
Manchester United fans: is he worth all that money?