Old Trafford side scout young Dutchman.
Manchester United have lined up a £15million deal for “the new Roy Keane.”
He’s PSV Eindhoven’s Kevin Strootman. The 22 year-old midfielder has earned rave reviews for club and country. He has appeared in ten of Holland’s last 11 games. He missed their win at Wembley through injury.
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson is reviewing his summer transfer targets. United insiders believe a deal for Strootman is close to completion.
Strootman skippers PSV and has kept Manchester City’s enforcer Nigel de Jong out of the Dutch team. He’s seen as a key man in their bid for Euro 2012 glory.
United scouts have checked out Strootman 12 times in recent weeks.
SOURCE: Sunday Mirror
Well if Man United have conducted a dozen scouting missions to monitor the young PSV battler then clearly Sir Alex Ferguson likes what he sees and there is no doubt that the Old Trafford side could well do with a strong presence in the centre of the park to give the Premier League table toppers more a more steely edge.
Ferguson doesn’t possess an out and out defensive midfielder and hasn’t had one to call upon since the time when Owen Hargreaves was fully fit, some years ago. Whilst the returning Paul Scholes can adopt that type of role the veteran is not exactly known for his tackling ability and Kevin Strootman may well be the ideal man for the job.
Sir Alex Ferguson has adopted a more youthful approach to squad building and has had some good success with the acquisition of up and coming talents who have made an instant impact at the club whether it be up front with Javier Hernandez or at the back with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and David de Gea and perhaps Strootman is the next in line to jump in the deep end and swim with ease.
The big 6ft 1in PSV Eindhoven midfielder only arrived at the Philips Stadion last summer when he moved from Utrecht with team-mates Dries Mertens for a combined fee of around £10m but the Eredivisie club will struggle to keep hold of Strootman if a club of Man United’s stature come calling.
The strong midfielder has helped PSV to keep in touch with the leading pack as the club looks to end a run of three seasons without a title, a period that may not seem all that long but when you consider the Eindhoven side had won four straight titles before that point, such a run could be considered a drought.