Blues target £25m star

Chelsea are willing to pay as much as £25million to land Burnley defender Michael Keane when the transfer window re-opens.

Chelsea: Blues target £25m starChelsea: Blues target £25m star

The Clarets star has emerged as a top target for Antonio Conte as he looks to solve their defensive problems, and reports in the press now suggest Chelsea will break the bank to land him.

Burnley had no problem rejecting bids in the region of £15million from Leicester City in the summer, but they could struggle to knock back £25million if Chelsea make an approach.

Keane showed his worth to the Clarets on Monday night as he helped keep a clean sheet and also chipped in with a goal as they defeated Watford 2-0 at Turf Moor.

Chelsea see Keane as the perfect long-term replacement for John Terry, who is unlikely to continue beyond this season, while doubts also surround the future of Gary Cahill.

The Blues need to buy British to boost their quota of home-grown talent and believe that Keane is the best out there, meaning a January bid is more than likely.

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