Manchester United face fight with AC Milan to land Dutch captain

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Manchester United will face competition from AC Milan for PSV star Kevin Strootman - if Urby Emanuelson leaves the Italian club this summer.

According to talkSPORT, Emanuelson holds the key to Milan's transfer plans, and the on-loan Fulham midfielder could leave the San Siro at the end of the season, paving the way for the Italian giants to move for Manchester United target Strootman.

The PSV captain has also skippered Holland, and has been identified as a potential summer signing for Sir Alex Ferguson.

United are looking to strengthen in central midfield, in particular to find a partner for the much improved Michael Carrick. The England international has enjoyed a spectacular season, and is nominated for the Premier League Player of the Year award.

But with Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes approaching retirement, Darren Fletcher and Anderson struggling for long-term fitness and Tom Cleveley still developing, United could move for a big-name midfielder.

Strootman has been mentioned as a potential target, but AC Milan could provide stiff competition.

For Milan, much depends on the future of Emanuelson. The report claims he's unlikely to remain at Craven Cottage past the end of the season, but Milan could sell him to another club at the right price.

That would free up a summer move for Strootman.

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