Manchester United lose ground in race for Jordy Clasie

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Netherlands wonderkid Jordy Clasie has been linked with a whole host of Premier League giants over the last few weeks including Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, but the Daily Star believe that Swansea City have moved first and are set to launch an ambitious bid for the starlet later this week.

Clasie has been fast-tracked by new United manager Louis van Gaal into Holland's plans for this summer's World Cup finals at the tender age of 22, following a fantastic campaign in Eredivisie for Feyenord.

That impressive efforts have made the defensive midfielder a favourite of Premier League scouts in recent months and Swansea are now ready to strike first in what could be one of the most fiercely-contested transfer tussles of the summer.

Swans boss Garry Monk is a huge admirer of the young playmaker and believes an offer of regular first-team football in the English top flight could persuade Clasie to leave Feyenord, and turn down the advances of Spurs and other bigger European giants.

Van Gaal will also be an interested onlooker as Clasie's future becomes a big talking point this summer, particularly if he gives the youngster the platform to shine at the World Cup.

The new Red Devils chief started Clasie ahead of more experienced Dutch midfield stars during last week's friendly against Ecuador and is set to include him in Holland's final 23-man squad for the South American showpiece, but it's unclear if that trust would extend to an attempt to take the wonderkid to Old Trafford.

For now its Swansea not Spurs who look set to test Feyenord's resolve with a bid for the pint-sized schemer, who has already been compared to Spain star Xavi in his early career.

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