Rumours this week that Zenith St.Petersburg are tracking PSV Eindhoven midfielder Kevin Strootman, alerting a number of English clubs to the Dutchman’s availability. We pick out the Top 5 most plausible Premier League destinations for Strootman.
Throughout the summer United have been heavily linked with the Netherlands international and would be the most likely destination for Strootman. However with the signings of Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell and the return of Darren Fletcher from a long layoff would mean that Sir Alex Ferguson will probably want to sell before bringing in another midfielder.
A more likely scenario would be that Ferguson will wait until the summer and make a move for the 22-year-old should Giggs and Scholes decide to hang up their boots.
After missing out on Joao Moutinho on transfer deadline day Andre Villas-Boas may turn his attention towards the PSV midfielder as a potential addition to strengthen his squad. The Dutchman would offer stability in the middle of the park and will offer Spurs the chance to replace some of the creativity that has been missing this season in the wake of losing Luka Modric to Real Madrid.
As an old fashioned box-to-box midfielder Strootman will essentially fill the roles of two players, allowing Spurs to employ more attack minded options in their starting line-up.
After losing Nigel de Jong to AC Milan over the summer, City have lost one of their most influential players. Central midfield is one of the weaker areas of the squad and the opportunity to bring in a player of Strootman’s quality would not be passed by. With a money is no object attitude City will have no hesitation splashing the cash, especially if it is to lure such a hot prospect away from rivals United.
Following the departure of Raul Meireles to Fenebache and with Michael Essien’s future at the club in the balance, Chelsea may be looking to add fresh blood to their midfield. Additionally John Obi Mikel’s recent performances have drawn questions on what role he has to play at the club. Strootman’s energy and drive from midfield, fits well into Chelsea’s style of play and the blues would likely to have the first option on the Dutchman, should a move to Old Trafford not materialise.
With the capture of Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski this summer Arsenal are a resurgent force in transfer market. The box-to-box midfield would be an ideal replacement the departed Alex Song, offering both creative and defensive options for the Gunners.
Valued at £14 million, Strootman is unlikely to break the bank and after the sale of Van Persie and Song, the certainly have the cash to splash.