Well, here we all are, in the midst of the off-season for football. Not only is this the most dreaded part of the year for all football supporters, it is also, for the gossip mongers, their busiest season.
One can hardly catch a sports report on the telly or on the internet without seeing a transfer rumour being spread about like a vicious wildfire.
Perhaps it is the lack of sporting action that fans the flames of rampant gossip and titillating speculations.
One interesting bit of gossip has centred lately around a possible move to Old Trafford by Marouane Fellaini. While I personally fancy this rumour and would not be opposed to its becoming a fact, there are many United supporters who scoff at the suggestion.
Fellaini is aggressive, engaging, and is a goalscorer, that’s for sure, having scored 11 goals for the Everton side this season. He also knows how David Moyes manages, what he shall require, and could be of great help in making the transition from the Ferguson era a smooth one.
But let’s face it Fellaini is assertive, aggressive, and big, and he has had his share of troubles on the pitch, particularly bookings, which stand at 13 in all competitions.
Kevin Strootman’s name has been tossed about as a keen alternative to Marouane Fellaini. At first, I didn’t really give it much credence.
After all, I had been focused on Fellaini or other current Premiere League players as possible and plausible United targets.
Then I began to think on it a bit. I looked at his record, and it seemed to me he was a viable choice for United, should he actually be in play and up for grabs.
The 23-year-old has already worn the captain's armband for his squad; he has shown some incredible talent in the midfield.
The young lad has scored a total of seven goals in all competitions, and has started in an impressive 20 fixtures for PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch league, and has also made six appearances for the Dutch national team as well.
Seven goals in all competitions for a midfielder is a highly respectable feat, and that goes to show his impressive talent on the pitch.
Talent scouts from across England have been sent to watch Strootman in action; with Arsenal and Manchester United both keen to grab the talented and promising Strootman.
Apparently, a tidy sum of £17million would be required to cement the deal, but that amount is hardly daunting for clubs with a budget, and who are on a determined mission to land strong midfielders.
Strootman is very well aware of the increasing interest in his services and readily admits that he is open to offers.
He said: "Every transfer window there are clubs interested. But a club must speak to me first."
The young Dutchman, like Robin van Persie before him, is looking to advance his career by moving to the prestigious Barclay’s Premier League, so he can grow as a player and better his game.
I just hope that, like van Persie, if given the opportunity he will choose to join the ranks of the 20-times champions of England, and don the red jersey emblazoned with the crest of Manchester United.
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