Transfer Update: Everton leapfrogs Manchester United in chase of English centre-back

As things stand, Everton have made Keane their primary defensive target.

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Since the appointment of Dutch boss Ronald Koeman, Everton have shown significant improvement and upgraded their status finishing seventh in Premier League and securing a place in Europa League third qualifying round.

However, the Toffees have been struggling to keep hold of their star performers as the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley have refused to extend their contracts. Koeman has now been plotting swoops for several transfer targets in order to rebuilding his squad with a view to achieve greater glory.

Recently, they have been linked to a move for Burnely centre-back Michael Keane whose rock solid defensive display caught eyes of several Premier League big guns including his former side Manchester United and Everton’s Merseyside rivals Liverpool. Manchester United boss Joe Mourinho reportedly handed a three-man shortlist of defensive targets consisting of Victor Lindelöf, Virgil van Dijk and Michael Keane. The Red Devils, however, have confirmed the £31 mil signing of Benfica and Swedish defender Victor Lindelof and no longer interested in another centre-back as per reports from reliable Sky Sports. 

Liverpool, on the other hand, suffered a major setback in their chase of Virgil Van Dijk as Southampton, his current employers, reported to Premier League for tapping their player. Liverpool asked for a public apology and moved on from the deal. They have set Kalidou Koulibaly, the Napoli centre-back, as their next transfer target whereas the situation of Michael Keane is also being monitored alongside Hull City defender Harry Maguire.

As things stand, Everton have made Keane their primary defensive target and the 24-year old English international, having one year left in his current deal, has reject an offer of extending contract. Everton are yet to table a bid for the Burnley star, but the Toffees have now leapfrogged their Premier League rivals in order to bolster their back-line.

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