Pogba 2.0? Man United favs to bring back another former youth star

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It may have taken Manchester United some four years and £89m to realise they missed a trick in letting a young Paul Pogba leave the club back in 2012. But the latest odds suggest the Red Devils aren’t quite finished in bringing their class of 2011 back to Old Trafford.

So impressive has Michael Keane been since leaving United for Burnley on a permanent deal in 2015, it’s now just 2/1 for his former club to be the defender’s next port of call.

That’s following a series of impressive performances for the Clarets in the Championship last campaign, and an equally strong debut season in the Premier League.

But since attracting the interest of England manager Gareth Southgate, the 24-year-old has seen a whole host of England’s elite clubs throw their names into the mix in the race for his signature.

However, it’s the Red Devils who are leading the way in this market, ahead of Chelsea (3/1), Manchester City (5/1) and Arsenal (7/1).

But another plausible destination would be Goodison Park.

Ronald Koeman’s Everton side are currently 20/1 to land the defender. But we reckon that could be great value.

Ashley Williams will turn 33 at the beginning of next season, while Phil Jagielka’s best years are certainly behind him – and it’s likely he’ll move on at the end of the season.

A move to Merseyside would be a step in the right direction in terms of Keane’s progression, and it’s likely the Toffees would supply him with more game-time than any of the other sides in the top seven.

That would in turn mean more England call-ups would be likely for Keane, and they wouldn’t come at a better time than in the run-in to the World Cup next summer.

Were Everton to declare an interest in the youngster, it’d be a hard move for him to turn down. And with that in mind, we think our traders may have priced that move up wrong.

But what do fans think?

Would Keane be wise to opt against a potential United return?

Have your say in the comments section below!

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Alex Apati

Having graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Creative Writing with English, Alex joined the News team following a three year stint working for Ladbrokes behind the counter. When he's not watching darts, he's throwing them. Failing that you'll find him YouTubeing Thierry Henry's greatest Arsenal goals.