The coach who may have cost Manchester United their top transfer

Netherlands Under-21 boss Cor Pot may have just made it more difficult for Manchester United to buy Kevin Strootman this summer.

PSV Eindhoven captain Strootman has been a long term target for Manchester United if you believe the reports and his inclusion in the Netherlands’ Under-21 squad for the European Championship this summer could be bad news for all at Old Trafford.

It could be bad news because if he plays out of his skin and United are still interested in him, the price they have to pay may instantly go up by £5 million or more.

The fact he’s 23-years-old and one of the limited inclusions allowed over the age of 21-years-old, means there is a good chance he will dominate in some matches with his physical size and greater experience against various opponents.

It’s a natural assumption that if he plays very well then PSV will play hard ball over the price because he’s their player, he’s contracted to them and they are well within their rights to do so.

It also means United's chances of sealing a quick transfer will be unlikely, as Strootman will be busy with his commitments and only likely to discuss his future after that.

Pot would have proven himself to be a very naïve manager if he did not include Strootman in his squad because as a central midfielder he’s got pretty much everything to be successful at an international tournament.

His presence, size and power seem to be the main reasons that Manchester United are interested in him and that interest shouldn’t change just because Sir Alex Ferguson has been replaced by David Moyes as manager.

If United want to avoid anything like this from happening then Moyes would be within his rights to try and get a deal agreed between the two clubs before the start of the tournament.

That would prevent the chance of United being ripped off over the price if Strootman has a couple of good games and it would mean one piece of business out of the way before the competitiveness of the transfer window kicks in.

However, in that instance a lot is down to the player and because Strootman seems very determined to create a respectable and sustainable reputation for himself, it’s more than likely that he would want to wait until after the completion of the tournament in Israel.

The price being quoted in the press so far is around the £18 million mark but that could easily start heading towards the £25 million mark if Strootman proves to be far too good at Under-21 level and ready to make regular appearances for the full Netherlands senior side.

It’s a tricky one for Moyes to judge because this is a midfielder who has many of the qualities which are currently lacking from the United midfield in the respect that he’s more of an enforcer.

If they want him it’s not going to be cheap but Cor Pot has just inadvertently made it more difficult and possibly more competitive for United to sign him.

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