Transfer news: Everton sign Burnley defender Michael Keane for £25m

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The England international becomes the Toffees’s fifth signing of the summer, with the Goodison outfit now having spent over £90m ahead of next season

Everton have completed the signing of Burnley defender Michael Keane for a fee that could rise to a club-record £30 million.

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The England international has signed a five-year deal at Goodison Park after an impressive season at Turf Moor.

His performances saw him linked with a move back to Manchester United as well as earning him his first cap for the Three Lions, and the Toffees have moved quickly to secure the signing of the 24-year-old.

Keane becomes Ronald Koeman’s fifth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaasen, Henry Onyekuru and Sandro Ramirez.

The Premier League outfit have now spent over £90m, with Keane’s potential fee set to equal that paid for Pickford last month.

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“I’m absolutely delighted to be at Everton, a fantastic football club with passionate fans and a great tradition and I can’t wait to come into training tomorrow to meet all the lads,” Keane told Everton’s official website..
 
“First and foremost, the manager was a big factor in me coming to the club. He played in my position when he was a world-class player for a great Barcelona side and a great Dutch side and the style of football he likes to play will suit me.
 
“I watched a lot of Everton last season and I believe I really suit how the team likes to play. I feel like this is a great place to come and continue my development as a player.

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“He’s convinced me that he can still improve me in certain areas of my game. I’m only 24 which, for a centre-half in the Premier League, is relatively young. I’ve still got a long way to go and I know this and hopefully under his guidance I’ll keep improving.
 
“You always want to play for a manager who believes in you. I wanted to come somewhere I was wanted by the staff, players and fans as well. I feel like Everton is the perfect match.”

Keane will likely form a partnership at the heart of the Everton defence with Ashley Williams, though he will face competition from Phil Jagielka, Ramiro Funes Mori and Mason Holgate.

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