Heerenveen youngster Daley Sinkgraven is the latest in a long line of Dutch players to have been linked with a move to Manchester United, but Louis van Gaal has been begged not to make an approach for the midfielder.
Sinkgraven’s reputation as future top player is increasing with every performance in the Eredivisie, and the links to clubs of more prominent standing will certainly help raise his profile over the coming months.
Manchester United and Liverpool have both been credited with an interest in acquiring the 19-year-old, although Heerenveen manager Dwight Lodeweges is not entertaining the prospect of allowing the player to leave at this early stage of his career.
"Please let him stay with us for a few years,” Lodeweges said.
"Even if he is sold, we will demand a top price for him. Daley has incredible talent.
"He is so adapt at hiding what he wants to do with the ball until the last moment.
"And he is technically so good, he can afford to take his time to make the right choice at the last moment."
Sinkgraven has already completed more minutes this season than he did in the entirety of the last, and has impressed with two winning goals in notable victories over PSV Eindhoven, the leaders, and AZ Alkmaar.
This recent fine is what has encouraged speculation about the player’s future in the Netherlands, although it remains to be seen if Louis van Gaal or Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers harbour a serious desire to sign him.
Van Gaal will have far more pressing concerns when the January transfer window arrives, with Manchester United in clear need of more established options at centre-back following the summer departures of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.
Manchester United were unable to sufficiently compensate, with Marcos Rojo the only central defender signed before August’s transfer deadline, and Van Gaal will be required to reinforce at the next available opportunity.
Youngsters Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair have filled in competently, but there remains a clear need for more experience following the loss of two stalwarts, who had made over 750 appearances between them.