Manchester United striker Will Keane might not have long left at the Old Trafford club. Before Jose Mourinho’s 25-man squad left for their pre-season tour of China last Tuesday afternoon, reports had suggested that the 23-year-old may be moved on this summer. Tyler Blackett and James Wilson could also seal their fate this summer, with Wilson currently linked to Fulham, albeit on loan. Keane has been linked with both Sunderland and Stoke City – with the former said to be readying an offer for the striker. David Moyes took over as Sunderland manager after Sam Allardyce took the England job. Moyes is, according to The Sun, prepared to make a £6.5 million offer for Keane, which will almost certainly mean his future will be away from Old Trafford.
The Sun state that Keane is wanting to quit Old Trafford for first team football. To be fair, he has not had much luck in his short career so far, suffering an injury which kept him out for over a year. He was then loaned to Wigan Athletic and Queens Park Rangers in the 2013/14 season, making 14 appearances, scoring no goals. The following season, he was loaned to Sheffield Wednesday, scoring three goals in 13 appearances. Last season, he spent some time with Preston North End, scoring twice in 22 appearances, so it is clear to say he just has not hit it off as a striker, not at first-team level anyway. Whilst playing at U21 level last season, towards the end of the season, Keane made ten appearances for Warren Joyce’s side, scoring ten goals – five of those in one match!
This season under Jose Mourinho, Keane will be behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, and Wayne Rooney in the pecking order, meaning his chances of first-team football at the Old Trafford club remains slim at best. United are not better stocked with forwards than they were last season after letting Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie, and Javier Hernandez leave the club – Danny Welbeck the summer before. This left Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney as the only experienced forwards the club had, which led to Rashford being promoted after an injury to Rooney sidelined the captain, then getting his chance after Martial pulled out of a match in the warm up. The Sun suggest they have a source who gave them information on the interest in Keane, saying:
“Keane would cost about £6.5m but with potential add ons in the future.
“He has gone on the tour of the Far East but not really spoken to Jose yet about his role. He scored last week at Wigan.”
£6.5 million would represent a good fee for United, who have sold players rather cheaply in the past. Patrice Evra was sold to Juventus for £1.5 million, Javier Hernandez was sold to Bayer Leverkusen for £8 million. Luis Nani left for Fenerbahce for £4.25 million, leaving the Turkish club for Valencia for a fee said to be about £7.25 million, netting the Turkish club £3 million profit. Robin van Persie also left for Fenerbahce, for £3.84 million, with them looking to sell the Dutch striker this summer, probably for another quick profit. The only player which seems to have been sold for a good fee is Danny Welbeck, who signed for Arsenal for £16 million. Keane may not be a player who will go on to achieve great things with Manchester United, but he will achieve things himself by playing for other clubs like many have in the past. Last season Leicester City won the Premier League with former United Academy players Ritchie De Laet, Danny Simpson, Danny Drinkwater, Matty James and Tom Lawrence – so it goes to show it does not end for a player once he has left Manchester United.