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Michael Keane has been an instrumental part of Burnley's defence so far in the 2016/17 campaign.

Manchester United are considering re-signing another former player

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Manchester United have already brought back one former academy player to the club this summer: in the form of world-record signing Paul Pogba, for £89 million from Juventus.

However, with Jose Mourinho's Red Devils side yet to live up to expectations so far this season, it seems the Portuguese has already outlined a new recruit, to bolster his ranks, who will also be a familiar face to the Old Trafford faithful.

Having made an impressive start to the campaign with Burnley, after leaving United in January 2015 for what a nominal fee of around £2 million, it is understood the club are considering making a bid to re-sign Michael Keane, as per ESPN.

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Following loan spells at Leicester City, Derby County and Blackburn Rovers; the 23-year-old defender made the decision to quit Old Trafford at the beginning of last year, for regular first-team action at Burnley.

And since then, the former United academy star has gone from strength to strength and caught the eye of some of England's top clubs.

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Keane has been ever-present in the Premier League for Sean Dyche's Burnley side this season, and was a instrumental part of the team which halted free-scoring Liverpool on one of only two occasions this campaign, with a 2-0 home victory.

Impressive

The young Burnley defender has been so impressive in the early months of the season that he has also been included in England's squad to face Scotland and Spain during the international break.

However, it seems that if the Red Devils are to pursue the signing of their former academy graduate, who made just five senior appearances for the club, they will face tough competition from Chelsea.

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While Mourinho is without summer recruit Eric Bailly, in his back four, and the future of Chris Smalling has been brought into question, Antonio Conte is ready to get in ahead of the Red Devils and take the England youngster to Stamford Bridge.

The Italian struggled with defensive recruitments during the summer but, despite the arrivals of Marcos Alonso and David Luiz, the Blues are keen to bring in a young defender - having missed out on John Stones to Manchester City in the summer.

Burnley are likely to demand a substantial fee for Keane, who missed just one Championship game in the Lancashire club's immediate return to the Premier League, last campaign.

Audacious

Chelsea saw an audacious bid of around £40 million for Stones snubbed by Everton last summer, but Keane would, in comparison, command a more modest fee.

Burnley rejected a bid for Keane from Leicester City in the summer, but the young defender's affection for his boyhood club could mean Mourinho may well be in with a chance of securing his services.

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Speaking of his time at Old Trafford, Keane said in September: "It's good that a lot of that team have kept in touch - it was a top team, with a great spirit, and every now and again when we can we get together.

"They were good times, coming through the academy together, but it seems a lifetime ago now and we've done a lot since. I'm a United fan and always will be."

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