Strootman remains tight lipped over move to Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

Kevin Strootman has refused to comment on speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United this summer.

The PSV midfielder is currently away on international duty with Holland who will face Italy in the U21 European Championship semi-finals.

When asked by 101 Great Goals about a potential move to Old Trafford this year, he refused to comment and emphasised the importance of concentrating on the team until the end of the tournament.

The 23-year-old has played a pivotal role for Holland en route to the semi-final and he is widely expected to leave PSV this summer, with United being a strong contender for his signature.

Several bookies have suspended bets on Strootman’s arrival to Old Trafford in the last few days, and could kick start the new era as the first major signing under the management of David Moyes.

Earlier last month, PSV manager Dick Advocaat gave his approval of Strootman moving to England to further his development.

“He would be good for Liverpool and Tottenham, but I think he’s also good enough for Manchester City and Manchester United,” he said.

“He’s a very useful player for every team. Especially when he’s surrounded by better players.”

Old Trafford’s chief scout Jim Lawlor, who is at the U21 European Championships, will have been keeping an eye on the progress of Strootman who featured in vital wins against Russia and Germany for his nation, but was an unused substitute in the loss against Spain.

Starting both games, he put in solid performances in his enforcer type role, breaking down the oppositions movement and was dynamic enough to move forward and create chances for his own team too.

At around €15-20 million, Strootman could well become the midfield signing United fans have asked for ever since Keane’s departure all those years ago – a no nonsense ball winner with an eye for goal and a knack for tackling.

It is likely that there will be movement from the Strootman camp after the conclusion of the U21 European Championships and with United’s pre-season only one month away, United would have to step up their interest fast to secure the 23-year-old before their first game in Bangkok.

Having already captained his national side, Strootman has shown he is ready and capable of playing at the very top and at just 23, he would slot perfectly into a youthful United side that is ready to defend their Premier League title next year.

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