United & Chelsea striker target awaiting 'concrete' approach

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Manchester United and Chelsea striker target Ricky Van Wolfswinkel insists he isn't thinking about transfer speculation that currently surrounds him.

The Dutch international has been linked with a handful of top clubs across Europe after making an instant impact with Sporting Lisbon, scoring prolifically this term after a reported €5.4 million move from FC Utrecht in the summer.

A number of clubs in England, including the Blues and Red Devils, are said to have an interest in the 22-year-old, but Van Wolfswinkel insists he's focused on the task at hand in Portugal despite being aware of the paper talk.

"I'm always in the sports pages going to a big club, but I don't pay attention to it. I've spoken to my agent and we've agreed he'll only let me know when there is something concrete," he said.

"As long as I don't hear anything, I won't be thinking about anything. Some players have their agents call them after every game, but I'm not like that."

Sir Alex Ferguson was heavily linked with a move for the one-cap international in the summer, and Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan confirmed the club were monitoring his situation as recently as October.

"We have obviously known Van Wolfswinkel for a long time. He is a young striker, very talented, who has been growing in the last few seasons. A club like Manchester United carefully follow many players all over the world," he told Record.

The 22-year-old has also admitted to being flattered with the link to Old Trafford, although Manchester United have a plethora of strikers currently at their disposal, with Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck and Dimitar Berbatov the manager's top choices.

"It is good that my name was linked to big clubs such as Manchester United and others in England, but I am really content and happy at Sporting," said the player in November.

As for Chelsea, their interest was first reported in the same month in a number of English newspapers, with The Metro claiming Andre Villas-Boas dispatched scouts to watch the youngster against Benfica.

"Chelsea and United have watched Ricky, like other young footballers in Europe, but I do not expect a possible deal in the January market," said agent Louis Laros at the time.

Whilst a deal still seems relatively unlikely, the Blues are reported to be in the market for a forward at Stamford Bridge, with Didier Drogba set for African Cup of Nations action and Nicolas Anelka heading for the exit door.

With Fernando Torres out of form, the first transfer window of 2012 could be an ideal time for AVB to reinforce in the position, with Van Wolfswinkel a potential Chelsea target.

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