"I just think he would still be seen as the lad who came through at Old Trafford, whereas, if he goes somewhere for £15m to £20m, he's the big signing".
"They're not short of options, without a shadow of a doubt", Dyche said, ahead of Sunday's game which is live on Sky Sports 1 HD. The youth pipeline has an overwhelmed Matthew Pennington and enigmatic Mason Holgate, and that's about it.
Keane has been the subject of intense speculation recently, with interest from several Premier League clubs after his impressive performances under Sean Dyche this term.
And the 24-year-old centre-half has played an important role in helping Burnley to all but secure their status in the English top flight for another season.
Everton are also believed to be in the hunt, however, with Toffees boss Ronald Koeman said to be desperate to bring the England global to Goodison Park in this summer's transfer window.
Already without long-term absentees Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, the Portuguese lost Marcos Rojo in the extra-time win over Anderlecht. He made me go to his office and tell him how many hours a week and the cost.
Having also picked up his first England caps this season too, Keane is a man in demand and according to The Daily Express, United are at the front of the queue to sign him this summer. With John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi as starters, City will be looking at grabbing Keane.
Since his retirement back in 2013, there have been a number of stories come to light concerning how much of a legend Ferguson actually was and detailing how involved with the club and its players he was. It is nearly guaranteed at this point that there will be a tenacious bidding war on Keane, likely to end in an astronomical purchase price for the player that a side with multiple needs like Everton can not lavish on just one position.