Manchester United must pay £25 million to secure the services of Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman, according to reports.
The Sunday Mirror claims Sir Alex Ferguson could have signed the player for less than £10 million from Utrecht in 2011, but must now pay more than double for the 11-cap international from PSV Eindhoven.
Strootman’s agent has previously hinted that a move could happen in the summer transfer window, according to report, but the Red Devils will need to negotiate hard if they want to bring the player to Old Trafford for a reduced fee.
The 22-year-old signed a five-year contract at the Phillips Stadium when he made the Eredivisie switch last summer, and has been a regular in Dick Advocaat’s side ever since.
And, after impressing with a title contender in his homeland, the player is back on the Manchester United radar, with the club watching Strootman for over a year now.
Ferguson was originally unsure if the midfielder would be up to the Premier League challenge before the PSV switch, but is now willing to invest in bringing the player to Old Trafford.
However, the Manchester United manager will need to pay a heavy price if he wants Strootman to move in January, and might have to wait until the end of the 2012/13 season to get a better price.
Were the player to make the move, he’d be following in the footsteps of striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy, who became a Premier League legend after moving to Manchester United from PSV in 2001.