Kevin Strootman is one of the better young talents in European football, but it appears Manchester United will be unable to bring the midfielder to Old Trafford.
The first problem is the competition that will come from other clubs. Charles Perrin of the Express first reported that Roma was trying to bring the player to Serie A.
To make things harder, Strootman's current club, PSV, has been doing its best to keep him where he is. According to Jack Wilson of the Daily Star, team director Marcel Brands stated:
Roma have contacted us to tell us that they are interested in Kevin Strootman. We have told Roma that Strootman is not for sale and only an important offer could convince us otherwise. In our opinion, Roma is the only club to be interested in Strootman, but they have made no offer.
This puts United at a disadvantage while already behind in the bidding war.
Finally, the club would have to work on convincing the player himself to come to England, which might not be the easiest of tasks. Perrin also reported that Strootman stated:
There are several clubs interested, but only when they reach an agreement with PSV do I come into the picture. I do not make hasty decisions about my future.
Whether the club I leave for must play in the Champions League? That wasn’t the case when I moved to PSV.
The ability to play for an elite club that contends in the Champions League is one of the biggest draws Manchester United has going for it. If he is not interested in it, this hurts the squad's ability to bring in the talented player.
Instead, he would more likely be looking for a place that could guarantee him playing time right away. According to Alex Moretto of Goal.com, Strootman is looking for a place where he can showcase his ability before the 2014 World Cup.
As good as he is, the 23-year-old player will have to fight for playing time on the defending EPL champs.
Strootman has a number of options going forward for his career, and he is wise to consider all of them. He could stay at PSV, although recent reports state that he could be on his way to Roma, according to Tancredi Palmeri of CNN Italy:
With the midfielder's vision and tackling ability, he could succeed wherever he goes. He scored six goals in the Dutch Eredivisie last season and is likely to get more as he gains experience. His skill on the defensive end makes him extremely valuable for whichever club gets him.
Unfortunately, it does not appear that Manchester United will be his next destination.
If the club wants to grab a young midfielder who will become a long-term option, it will have to try to finalize a deal with Thiago Alcantara.
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