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Everton close to completing £25m transfer

Everton are closing in on the signing of Burnley defender Michael Keane according to reports.

The centre-half, who recently made his debut for England, has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Liverpool over recent months, but it is Everton who have apparently won the race for his signature.

According to The Sun, the deal to take the 24-year-old from Turf Moor to Goodison Park is almost complete and could be finalised in the next few days.

The deal is thought to be worth £25m, with Manchester United entitled to 20% of the fee thanks to a clause placed in the defenders contract when he moved from Old Trafford three years ago.

Manchester United were believed to be interested in re-signing their academy product, but instead decided to spend £31m on Swedish defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica.

The £25m capture will take Everton’s summer spending to £78m having already signed Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaasen. They are also believed to be interested Gylfi Sigurdsson, M’Baye Niang and Sandro Ramirez, the latter of who is involved in the Spain U21 side that will face Germany in the final of the European Championships.

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