It is being reported in Holland today that PSV midfielder Kevin Strootman could be on his way to Manchester United but it is not known whether the move could take place in January when the winter transfer window opens, of during the summer. The rumoured amount is €17m which is around £14m, a good fee for the player. Strootman has been linked to United for the last year since he took the place of Nigel De Jong in a Holland friendly and has now managed to secure a starting role for his country.
Some have compared him to Roy Keane, which is a player United have missed since he left the club in 2005 to have a final swan song with boyhood club Celtic. Strootman has done well at PSV Eindhoven since he signed for them in June 2011 after a transfer from Sparta Rotterdam to Utrecht then to PSV, complicated I know. He has represented PSV 42 times in the Eredivisie and scored seven goals, which is not bad for the type of player he is.
Since 2011 Strootman have had 15 caps for his native Holland and scored once. He had previously made 15 appearances for the various Holland youth sides and also scored once. He would also come with some European experience with PSV Eindhoven currently playing in the UEFA Europe League.
Manchester United have previously done some great business with the Dutch club signing Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy back in 2001 and Jaap Stam back in 1998 and Ji Sung Park’s arrival in 2005 (thanks Joe!), just shows we have a good relationship with the club.
It is understood that PSV Eindhoven have a replacement for Strootman in mind, Oscar Hiljemark of IF Elfsborg in Sweden, who himself seems to be sounding out some of the top teams in Holland with a wish to play in the Eredivisie in the near future.
I like the way Strootman plays and could see him fitting into the Manchester United squad. The rumour has come back today after lingering around all summer and I for one would like it to be true, he seems to be the player we have been crying out for and it would appease the Manchester United supporters who have been crying out for a central midfielder for some time.
By Paul Bienkowski