Edwin van der Sar has said that Kevin Strootman would be a “good signing” for Manchester United ahead of what is a likely exit from Dutch football for the midfielder.
Having admitted that he is “open to offers” this season, it seems that Edwin would like to see Strootman join United in the summer.
“I’m not into speculation. I still read the English papers so I see a lot of names. If you are not working inside the club then you never know,” said van der Sar.
“But [Strootman] would be a good signing and there is a history [of Dutch players at United] like myself, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Jaap Stam, Robin [Van Persie] now, so maybe there will be another.”
With Paul Scholes considered by many to be in the final stages of a fantastic career, question marks arising over the future of Darren Fletcher due to his ongoing battle with Ulcerative Colitis and an Anderson exit potentially on the cards, the midfield deficiency needs to be rectified with a growing over-reliance on Michael Carrick.
Many feel Strootman would be an ideal capture with the player possessing the attributes United’s midfield is often criticized for and has often drew comparisons to former captain Roy Keane – a bullish no nonsense box-to-box midfielder.
Strootman has already captained the senior Dutch national team and is a permanent fixture for the Oranje as well as for club side PSV. A £17 million fee has been touted and while this may seem pricey, the midfielder could certainly be commanding, domineering figure United have lacked for a while.
For Manchester United fans, transfer sagas are becoming rather commonplace with Wesley Sneijder, Eden Hazard and Lucas Moura all flirting with the club in recent season, and this summer promises to be no different with both a central defender and midfielder seen as necessary acquisitions to keep the club moving in the right direction and competing across all fronts.