Seven-figure deal agreed for Luke McNally – reports

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Luke McNally has been linked with a move to Burnley. Picture: David Fleming
Luke McNally has been linked with a move to Burnley. Picture: David Fleming

OXFORD United have agreed a seven-figure deal to sell Luke McNally, according to reports.

Rumours linking the 22-year-old centre back with Sky Bet Championship side Burnley first emerged last weekend.

According to Football Insider, the Clarets have agreed a £1.6 million deal for McNally, who has two years left on his contract with the U’s.

The Irishman has however been with United as the club reported for pre-season training in Marbella on Thursday, seen in photos posted by the U’s.

McNally’s situation draws parallels with that of Rob Atkinson last summer. The former Eastleigh defender joined Bristol City in July for a fee believed to be around the £1.6 million mark, plus add-ons.

Atkinson, then 22, was also coming off an impressive breakthrough Football League season and had two years left on his deal.

United have sold a centre back to a Championship side in the previous three summers, with Rob Dickie joining Queens Park Rangers in 2020 and Curtis Nelson moving to Cardiff City in 2019.

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McNally is one of three senior centre backs in the U’s squad, alongside club captain John Mousinho and Elliott Moore. The latter signed a new three-year contract earlier this month.

Since their six-year stay in the Premier League culminated in relegation last season, Burnley have lost long-serving centre backs Ben Mee and James Tarkowski, making the position a key priority for new Clarets manager Vincent Kompany.

The club has been strongly linked with a £2 million move for Arsenal’s Northern Ireland international Dan Ballard.

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