Strootman linked with Man Utd move

PSV Eindhoven might be reluctant to see the player leave, but Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman is talking up the possibility of a move away from the Philips Stadion.

With PSV having already lost the services of Dries Mertens to Serie A side Napoli, Erik Pieters to Stoke City and Jeremain Lens to Dynamo Kyiv it appears that the Dutch combativte midfielder is anxious to similarly make his own departure from southern Holland.  And Manchester United are one of the clubs linked with the Dutch international.

Vocalizing his feelings on his position, Strootman said: “”There are several clubs interested but only when they reach an agreement with PSV do I come into the picture.  This is not to say that any are in the world’s top six.

“”There is also interest from Russia, but that is not an option for me. I do not make hasty decisions about my future.  The opinion of Holland coach Louis van Gaal is also very important with the World Cup in Brazil next year.”

Speaking of the departure of his aforementioned teammates the 23 year old said: “”It was very unfortunate that so many players left PSV, I did not expect Dries Mertens and Pieters would leave the club.”

But while Strootman is talking up a move from the club, Marcel Brands, the clubs technical director is playing down such an option, saying: “We do not want to lose him.  He knows himself that he will play another season at PSV.”

However this appears unlikely to be the case with Strootman having impressed United’s chief scout Jim Lawlor at this summers under-21 Championships.  A fee in the region of £15million is rumoured to be on the cards from Old Trafford.

With that, Strotman’s own agent Chiel Dekker is not talking down a move, saying:  “”He is focused on England because that would suit his style.”

“He has the physique, the character and the fitness for it. I am certainly not afraid he could handle that level.”

Strootman has been favourably compared to ex-United and Republic of Ireland midfielder Roy Keane, having a similar energetic and frenetic approach in his box-to-box style.  Such a player would be a much needed and rather useful addition to the the sides midfield department.

With only 5 weeks until the new Premier League starts and with pre-season training returning this week for the top flight clubs, Moyes would be hopeful of securing such a significant deal presently.

Brian is a sports journalist with over 5 years experience of writing on all things soccer. Resides in Dublin, Ireland.