Manchester United Transfer News: Jordy Clasie Tipped to Head Dutch Raid

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistMay 27, 2014

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17: Jordy Clasie of Holland attacks during the International Friendly match between The Netherlands and Ecuador at The Amsterdam Arena on May 17, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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Louis van Gaal is reportedly tipped to make moves for Feyenoord pair Jordy Clasie and Bruno Martins Indi during the upcoming transfer window.

David Maddock of the Mirror suggests the newly hired Manchester United boss, who faces a summer of World Cup engagements with the Netherlands before heading to England, is said to be sticking with what he knows when looking for squad improvements:

The Dutchman wants to bring Feyenoord pair Jordy Clasie and towering centre half Bruno Martins Indi with him, when he arrives at Old Trafford after the tournament in Brazil.

Yet the wily manager knows he can't upset one of his country's biggest and most powerful clubs on the eve of the finals, and instead has passed on dossiers to the United hierarchy.

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JUNE 09:  Ibragim Tsallagov of Russia tries to tackle Bruno Martins Indi of The Netherlands during UEFA European U21 Championships, Group B match between The Netherlands and Russia at Teddy Stadium  on June 9, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel
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According to James Robson of the Manchester Evening News, Van Gaal "has handed his new employers his own shortlist of players he believes can fit into his total football philosophy."

Alongside Clasie and Indi, this is said to include Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman, a player who the Daily Mail indicates has been linked with United across the past two years.

Unfortunately for Van Gaal, Strootman's absence from the Theatre of Dreams is likely. Rudi Garcia, his club manager at Roma, recently insisted the Serie A club are looking to retain their key players after finishing second in Italy's domestic division.

"This group is fantastic," Garcia told Roma Channel (h/t Simon Bajkowski of the Manchester Evening News). "We hope to keep almost all of them and improve the team. We have already started to build for the future."

Both Clasie and Indi are likelier to sign for United.

The former has proven himself to be a creative, ball-winning midfielder in the Feyenoord midfield, where he scored one and provided seven assists during 31 appearances last season. Clasie also recently sent a stunning long ball through to Robin van Persie, who netted the equaliser during the Netherlands' 1-1 draw with Ecuador.

Indi is perhaps better known around the continent, having already established a reputation for physical, assertive play at the back. As noted by Elko Born in the Mirror, the intimidating youngster can be compared to a United legend:

A towering presence and a ruthless centre-back, Martins Indi could, in some ways, be compared to fellow Dutchman and former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam.

Like Stam, Martins Indi is physically strong and a great header of the ball. Sometimes deployed as a left-back, he is also capable of joining in on attacks.

Both are 22 years old and have a working relationship with Van Gaal in the Netherlands setup, suggesting it would be smart for the boss to bring in players he can trust.

United need established players who can immediately add quality to the squad, but should also look to sign individuals who have room for improvement.

Clasie and Indi fit this category.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 11:  Robin van Persie of Holland celebrates with Patrick Kluivert and manager Luis van Gaal after scoring their fourth goal during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifing match between Holland and Hungary at Amsterdam Arena on O
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Dutchmen Van Persie and Alexander Buttner already reside at the club that could welcome further Oranje representatives before too long.

According to ESPN, RVP believes Van Gaal adds an "energising" feel to the Netherlands squad, suggesting United's players may soon feel a sense of massive improvement under the veteran manager's experience.

While most supporters would prefer to see Strootman arrive over the likelier Clasie and Indi, all three would be extremely positive signings for last season's Premier League strugglers.

The added bonus of possessing a coach who knows these potential United stars well only adds to the feeling such transfers would make sense—especially with Van Persie leading the Red Devils' attack into a new era.