Man United & Arsenal In Battle to Sign £17m Dutch Midfield Maestro

Old Trafford and Emirates Stadium sides ready to challenge for box to box midfielder.

MANCHESTER UNITED and Arsenal are battling to capture PSV Eindhoven’s £17million-rated midfielder Kevin Strootman.

The 22-year-old Holland international has emerged as one of the most exciting young prospects in Dutch football over the past two seasons.

He has made no secret of his desire to play at the highest level.

And he could get his wish next month, with a host of top clubs on alert as the January transfer window approaches. AC Milan, Liverpool and Tottenham are also tracking Strootman, but United and Arsenal are leading the chase.

United scout Martin Ferguson and Arsenal’s talent spotter Steve Rowley have both given rave reviews on the man being hailed in the Dutch Press as the “new Mark van Bommel”.

A top PSV source revealed: “It looks certain that he will leave in January. The only question is where?

“It looks like Manchester United or Arsenal — they are both very keen.”


It is inevitable for any decent talent plying their trade in the Dutch Eredivisie that sooner or later a move to a ‘bigger’ league is on the cards. Kevin Strootman appears to realise that his time is now and as such seems keen to push on with an exit from a PSV side he only joined 18 months ago.

After impressing at Utrecht the battling midfielder secured his move to the Philips Stadion and is now a regular in the Dutch international set-up and a number of Europe’s ‘Elite’ are now ready to make their interest known.

The rangy midfielder could be of use in both Man United and Arsenal’s squad as both sides could do with freshening up their central areas.

Arsenal have a number of creative talents but Strootman is not afraid to get stuck in and could add some much needed steel to a side that has this term looked to Mikel Arteta to put in a stint in a holding role that greatly compromises his obvious talent.

Man United have had something of a soft centre this season and Michael Carrick apart Sir Alex Ferguson has chopped and changed his first team a great deal looking for the right combination. Anderson has improved but is still not as effective as the Old Trafford boss would like. Paul Scholes is clearly getting on in years and Darren Fletcher is feeling his way back following illness.

Tom Cleverley has been a very impressive performer this season but again Strootman offers a box to box presence that could well work alongside the young England man in years to come.

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