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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has identified his new John Terry

Jose Mourinho has identified Michael Keane as Manchester United's John Terry.
United are preparing a bid of around £25m for the Burnley defender – 10 times more than they sold him for in 2014.
But just as Mourinho urged executive vice chairman Ed Woodward to break the world record for another former academy graduate in Paul Pogba last summer – he is now determined to rectify Louis van Gaal’s error in allowing Keane to leave three years ago.
United have been encouraged by the knowledge that Burnley have accepted the 24-year-old England international will move at the end of the season.
The player is understood to have made it clear that he will not sign a new deal – and Sean Dyche’s side will grant him a transfer with their blessing, following his outstanding form at Turf Moor.

Mourinho believes Keane can have the same impact at United as Terry at Chelsea
Mourinho believes Keane can have the same impact at United as Terry at Chelsea

Burnley’s priority is to get the best price for their prize asset, with Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton expressing an interest.
Mourinho will hope Keane’s history with the club – having been developed through United’s youth system alongside his brother Will – will tip the balance in their favour.
The sight of him cheering in the crowd during United’s 2-0 win against Chelsea on Sunday has offered further encouragement.
Mourinho enjoyed tremendous success at Chelsea with Terry at the heart of his defence in his two spells at Stamford Bridge


Together the pair won three Premier League titles.
The strength of their relationship was underlined when Mourinho made a point of resurrecting Terry’s Chelsea career when returning to the club in 2013.
The centre back had begun to be phased out by Rafa Benitez – but became a pivotal part of Mourinho’s title-winning defence in 2015.
The United manager will hope Keane can be as influential at Old Trafford and form part of the club’s next great central defensive partnership alongside Eric Bailly.
Chris Smalling’s future looks uncertain after failing to convince Mourinho this season, while Phil Jones’ on-going injury problems remain a concern – despite his impressive performances when fit.
Marcos Rojo has also developed under Mourinho, but the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager knows he needs to rely on the heart of his defence as a platform for a genuine title challenge next season.
United stand to be winners either way this summer, given the sell-on clause that was inserted in Keane’s contract when he joined Burnley.
Even if they see him move to one of their title rivals, they will still be in line for a 25 percent cut of the fee.
Burnley, meanwhile, know they will make a considerable profit on their investment, who under the guidance of Sean Dyche, has established himself as one of the best defenders in the country.
For that reason there is no ill-feeling between the club and player over his plans to move.
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