Kevin Strootman will still end up at Manchester United as he continues to impress for AS Roman, this according to his PSV coach, Dick Advocaat.
The former Netherlands coach believes that it is simply a matter of time before Manchester United finally snap up the midfielder.
There comes a time when a certain player is heavily linked with a move and it eventually occurs, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to Real Madrid and Cesc Fabregas to FC Barcelona for example.
Kevin Strootman would also have fallen in the same category when he was at PSV, he was widely expected to finally sign for Manchester United this past summer, after months and months of speculation.
Now we know that move did not come to fruition, and Strootman made the move to AS Roma, where he is performing brilliantly. Manchester United tried and failed to sign a number of players in the window, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ander Herrera and Cesc Fabregas, and they ultimately settled for Marouane Fellaini, still paying more than they should have.
But Strootman is a player Manchester United did not continue pursuing after so much speculation, much to the disappointment of fans that wanted a player of his calibre plying his trade at Old Trafford.
Dick Advocaat has been full of praise for his former player and countryman, stating that if he continues his impressive run of firm, he could still end up in Manchester.
“Strootman is a pure professional,” he told Algemeen Dagblad.
“It frankly surprised me that he did not get to the absolute top last summer and was on the side a little. I do not think he will stay at Roma that long. If Kevin is at this level, he will be plucked away.
“And then it will be a team of the calibre of Manchester United.”
Strootman has played a pivotal role in Rudi Garcia’s team this term, helping the side reach the top of Serie A and will keep increasing his value if he continues to perform in this way.
He is your typical box-to-box midfielder, the ability to break up the oppositions attack but also possesses the required work-rate to get forward and support his attacked, he was often labelled as the next Roy Keane, something Manchester United have desperately been in need of.
With brilliant performances for AS Roma set to continue as well as a World Cup campaign next year, if Kevin Strootman is set to finally make that move to Manchester United, it could possibly be double what AS Roma paid for the Dutch International.
But with midfield problems in recent years, David Moyes should not be afraid to put in a big-money offer for Kevin Strootman.
Either way, it would be a safer option than signing Ander Herrera for £36 million.
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