Dutch international Kevin Strootman appears poised to leave PSV Eindhoven this summer after admitting he is “open to offers” amid 18 months of persistent links to a number of European heavyweights.
Strootman has been very strongly linked to United for the past two seasons and is often compared with the legendary Roy Keane in terms of playing style and leadership. A strong box-to-box goalscoring midfielder is the sort of player that many United fans have been calling out for for a long time.
And speaking about his future recently, Strootman encouraged clubs to approach him if they are interested in signing him.
“Every transfer window there are clubs interested. But a club must speak to me first,” he said.
A fee of around £17 million is unlikely to put United off as the highly rated midfield enforcer has been watched a number of times by scouts.
United have been linked with a number of midfielders this campaign with Strootman and Victor Wanyama strongly tipped for a move to Old Trafford as Sir Alex Ferguson bids to add steel to the engine-room.
Central midfield is an area of concern for the club. Darren Fletcher and Paul Scholes look increasingly likely to hang up their boots at the end of the season while Anderson appears to be angling for a move away from Old Trafford after being blighted by poor form and constant injuries.
The lack of depth in midfield is certainly worrying and one or even two midfielders may be required this summer, although the promising Nick Powell should deservedly get his space in the first team squad having impressed in his first season at Old Trafford.
Strootman would represent a solid acquisition and his ability to operate as a deep-lyig playmaker and box-to-box midfielder could prove invaluable.
For Holland, the 6”1 midfielder has formed an effective partnership with Rafael Van Der Vaart by operating in a more defensive role but for PSV, he has shown his capabilities in both boxes. Perhaps even more impressively, Strootman has already skippered the senior Holland side despite his tender years.