Transfer Talk: Manchester United on the Verge of Signing Kevin Strootman

on June 04 2013 3:59 AM
Transfer Talk: Manchester United on the Verge of Signing Kevin Strootman

According to several media outlets, Manchester United are reportedly set to sign Netherlands international Kevin Strootman in the next few days. Sky Sports have even suspended their betting on the 23-year-old's 'next club', amid the massive speculation that the player could be heading to the Theatre of Dreams this summer.  

Via EatSleepSport:

"United have been tracking the Dutch international for several months and are widely tipped to make a summer offer for the 23-year-old. Now, after several bookies suspended betting on Strootman's next club, widespread reports suggest it is just a matter of time before a deal is sorted out between PSV and United for the highly-rated midfielder."

David Moyes is keen to bolster United's midfield over the transfer period and Strootman is the ideal man to do so. The PSV starlet can play in a variety of positions, although he's best suited for the box-to-box midfielder role. 

Strootman is a fantastic ball-winner who can also contribute towards the attacking front. With Michael Carrick operating as the deep-lying midfielder, Strootman can play as the "shutter" in United's two-man midfield pivot- doing the dirty work in the centre of the park and venturing forward when required. 

Thus, the lad's highly-anticipated arrival will also unshackle Carrick from the unwarranted defensive commitments that the Englishman was forced to take up last season due to lack of support from his ever-changing midfield partners. 

The rumored transfer fee is £17 million but the United fans are still waiting for an official confirmation regarding this deal.

  In other news, the Red Devils are also mulling over whether to activate Barcelona's starlet Thiago Alcantara's reduced €18 million buy-out clause. The 22-year-old is set to reconsider his Barcelona future after this month's Under-21 European Championships in Israel and United are touted one of the frontrunners for his signature.