Any news site you go to at the moment will be rife with rumours relating to some of the best players linked with the biggest Premier League sides, creating potential bidding wars this summer on an epic scale.
The Bundesliga is producing some of the best midfield talent which has been seen for some time which has led to links for Mario Gotze, Marco Reus and the Bender brothers moving to the Manchester clubs or any of the big London sides.
The thing United have going in their favour is that they still seem to have one eye on a player that they have been linked with for well over a year and someone who has a lot smaller profile than some of those Bundesliga stars, Kevin Strootman.
Sir Alex Ferguson has never been a manager to pay over the odds for a player he doesn’t believe will transform the immediate and long term fortunes of his football club.
United are a club that can, and will continue to, pay big fees for players but they have a grounded manager in a football world where it an become very easy for clubs to get ripped off over the best players.
That is something that could easily happen if he tries to go after Mario Gotze or Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund this summer. Both players who could help United but players that the club may be forced to pay way too much for.
In short, Kevin Strootman of PSV Eindhoven could have a similar impact at Old Trafford as either of those players or the Bender brothers.
It will become very easy for a club of United’s stature to sign him if the clubs which could ruin a potential deal are pre-occupied with the sort of signings which require drawn out periods of time and tens of millions to force through.
While there would be significant interest in him from other teams, United are better positioned to throw their weight around to sign him in the same way that Manchester City seem ready to do so with these Bundesliga targets.
They also have the fact that Strootman seems keen on a move to United going in their favour, which makes the personal details a formality once a fee has been agreed, which means it could become a very easy deal after that initial obstacle.
The overlying danger of going after some of these Bundesliga players, who have enjoyed mass publicity this season and immense praise of their skills, is that it could enhance the old issue of egotistical tendencies.
Fergie would much prefer to sign someone who isn’t going to create a problem within his dressing room and every time that has become a problem that player has been axed; David Beckham, Roy Keane, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Carlos Tevez to name just a few.
United have the chance to bring in a beast of a player, who could really take control of the middle of the side and transform into something far stronger than has been seen in many games this season.
Go to Manchester City or Chelsea and ask them if they want Marco Reus, who isn’t a sure fire bet to leave Dortmund or Kevin Strootman of PSV, and both will more than likely choose the former, leaving United a clear path.
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