Manchester United are looking to make a big splash in the transfer market this summer, but it could be a smaller move that pays off the most.
The club remains in discussion for a number of world-class players. Cesc Fabregas remains an outside option, Cristiano Ronaldo still could possibly return to his former squad, and Robert Lewandowski is certainly a possibility based on recent developments, according to The Sun.
Each of these stars would help improve upon the club that already won the English Premier League last season. If United is able to get any of them, they would quickly become one of the favorites in the Champions League.
However, a smart organization prepares for the future as well as the present. That is where the latest target comes into play.
According to John Drayton of the Daily Mail, the club is interested in acquiring Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel:
United’s chief scout Jim Lawlor flew to the championship to watch the 20-year-old and the Red Devil’s interest is likely to start a bidding war from £15million. Chelsea have also been keen on Van Ginkel and along with United boss David Moyes and Norwich had monitored the midfielder throughout last season.
Van Ginkel has been a major part of Vitesse Arnhem's recent success. He finished third on the team with eight goals as the club finished fourth in the Eredivisie.
At only 20 years old, he has displayed a great amount of skill as both a passer and scorer. He has already appeared for the Netherlands senior national team, but he also starred for the under-21 team in recent weeks.
As he continues to mature, he has the ability to be one of the top international players in the world, and will be a huge factor on whichever squad is lucky enough to sign him.
The good news is that he has already hinted at a move toward the English Premier League, though he made no commitments. According to ESPN, in an interview on Sky Sports News radio, he stated:
The Premier League is a very good league, I think every young player wants to play there. I know what people want to hear, but I'm not going to say anything about that now. I have to focus on this tournament. After that, I will think about my future - not now.
With his team now eliminated, it is time to start making plans for the future. With United, the young player should have the ability to play immediately with a lack of depth in the midfield.
Even if he struggles to get onto the pitch, he can learn a lot from his veteran teammates and be better off in the future. A year or so down the line, he could end up being one of the most important players on the roster as the other stars begin their decline.
Although the £15 million price tag is a little high, this could end up being a steal if Van Ginkel lives up to expectations, making this a smart transfer if it is completed.
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