Manchester United's Strootman plans hang in the balance

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Manchester United transfer target Kevin Strootman has confirmed he is close to an exit from PSV Eindhoven.

The midfielder has been linked with Old Trafford for well over a year and if they are one of the clubs currently interested in him, a move could be a formality as soon as the two clubs agree a fee.

Strootman returned to PSV to iron out his future following a disappointing Under-21 European Championship with the Netherlands which saw him outshone by the likes of Isco from Spain and Lorenzo Insigne of Italy.

However, he remains a potentially superb signing for David Moyes at Old Trafford and could become a very significant signing for the club over the next few years.

He’d be a valuable addition primarily because of his versatility. He played as an attacking midfielder for PSV last season, but has the build which would allow him to play a holding role in the United side if Moyes goes after him.

“There are several clubs interested but only when they reach an agreement with PSV do I come into the picture,” he told Voetbal International.

There are two things which could possibly trip United up if they are one of the clubs interested, despite Strootman’s attempts to play down the calibre of the interested parties.

Firstly, he’s made it clear that his next move depends on how he will progress in terms of his hopes of making the Netherlands World Cup squad for the World Cup in Brazil next summer.

“The opinion of Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal is also very important with the World Cup in Brazil next year,” he added.

While a move to United would set him up to play on the biggest of all stages, he is not guaranteed a good run of first team football at Old Trafford which has the ability to set back his international ambitions.

There is also the case of Thiago Alcantara, a player seemingly destined for Manchester United and a player who has the ability to steal any thunder generated by Strootman’s transfer.

Thiago is a high class attacking and creative midfielder, a player Barcelona are very reluctant to let leave which speaks volumes about his ability and talent.

If United have both of them in their squad ahead of next season then you’ll be hard pushed to find any fan willing to choose Strootman over Thiago, which just relates back to the point about regular first team football.

As soon as the right offer comes in, he’ll be heading out of the door at PSV this summer but it’s a deal which seems to rest on a balance between Strootman and the club he joins, which United may not be able to get right.

Do you believe United are one of the interested clubs? Should they be focusing on securing a deal for Thiago or hedge their bets?

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