'Please let him stay' - Odd transfer tactic from United and Liverpool target's boss

Louis van Gaal

The manager of sc Heerenveen has asked Manchester United and Liverpool - as well as other suitors - to leave Daley Sinkgraven alone.

At the start of the month it appeared that the impressive form of Daley Sinkgraven had caught the attention of several fond admirers.

The Dutch under-21 international had been exhibiting great form for sc Heerenveen in the Eredivisie and the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Ajax were all believed to be keeping close tabs on his progress.

The midfielder was also catching the eye in England. It was reported by The Mirror that both Manchester United and Liverpool were keen on his signature in January - with a £4 million price-tag mooted.

Both Louis van Gaal and Brendan Rodgers were said to have taken a personal interest in his development - however the Manchester United boss was said to have a better chance of getting him, with his Dutch connection a definite selling point.

But despite the interest of Liverpool and Manchester United his club Heerenveen expect to keep hold of him until the end of this season at least.

But their manager wants to hang on a little longer than that. So much so in fact that he has practically begged the big teams circling to leave him alone.

His boss Dwight Lodeweges has told the media in Holland:

"Please let him stay with us for a few years. Even if he is sold, we will demand a top price for him. Daley has incredible talent. He is so adapt at hiding what he wants to do with the ball until the last moment. And he is technically so good, he can afford to take his time to make the right choice at the last moment."

Begging might be a harsh term, perhaps 'politefully asked' would be a more fitting term.

Either way it seems that £4 million tag is somewhat off considering these most recent statements.

If United or Liverpool are to get their man, they will have to pay for the 19-year-old.

And Heerenveen can ask all they want, because if they truly do want him, he won't be hanging around for long.

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