Netherlands midfielder Jordy Clasie has become hot property this summer as Fiorentina, Benfica, Swansea City and Manchester United have all been linked with a move for the 22-year-old.
Clasie is often described as the “Dutch Xavi” and it will cost a club somewhere between £6-9 million to acquire his services. The youngster has been part of Feyenoord since the age of nine and has made nearly 150 appearances for the Eredivisie club.
Clasie operates as a deep-lying midfielder, sitting in front of the back-four, picking out passes for his teammates and winning possession with clever interceptions and tackles. He is intelligent, passionate, hardworking and United can expect full commitment from this Dutchman every time he steps on the pitch.
His passing skills recently won the plaudits of Robin van Persie as Clasie provided a wonderful long ball for the striker to score in Netherlands’ international friendly against Ecuador last week.
After the match, Van Persie said: “That pass made the goal possible. That was a world-class ball. That pass gave me the opportunity to do my thing. I think that pass was more beautiful than my goal."
"The only thing I had to do was control the ball and score. That pass from Clasie was world class.”
Clasie makes up for his physical strength with excellent technical skills.
"I am only 1-metre-69, so I have little chance when it comes down to sheer physical strength. However, players such as Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sneijder prove week after week that you are never too small to become world-class," he once said.
At the price-tag attached to him, Clasie is exactly the kind of player United should look to sign. He is not the finished product yet, but is not over-priced and can develop into an outstanding midfielder in the next couple of years.
Clasie will be tempted by the prospect of playing under van Gaal enticing, with the latter having given the 22-year-old his international debut, but United need to act fast if they are serious about signing the Netherlands international.
Clasie’s recent form has made him a popular figure in the transfer market and he is attracting the attention of clubs that will offer him more playing time and more opportunities for development than United. And if he stars for Netherlands at the World Cup in Brazil, United could face very severe competition for Clasie's signature.
Feyenoord will also demand a higher transfer fees if Clasie impresses at the World Cup or if a bidding war commences in the next couple of weeks.
Clasie will take time to settle in at United. He won’t make an instant impact as he could stutter under the physicality and high tempo of the Premier League. Yet, he will be a very good singing for the club and if United are serious about him, they should tie him up to a contract before the World Cup kicks off.