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If Strootman is £20 million then Manchester United should...

Walk away. The price is far too much for the Dutchman, and United will and have previously shown they will not pay over the odds.

The Daily Mail led last night with the headline 'Man United on alert with £20 million Strootman set to leave PSV in January'.

If that is the price then it is a deal which is really unlikely to happen.

Even despite scout Martin Ferguson going to watch the player, will United spend that much on the Dutchman?

His agent has declared his intention to leave the club, the catalyst for this round of stories, 

'Strootman has had a good time in Eindhoven, but he decided that he wants to prove himself in a better league, If an agreement is able to be reached with a potentially interested club, PSV will allow Kevin to leave in January.'

Strootman is just 22, and has been impressing in the Eredivisie, but as we have learned over the years that is not necessarily testament that he will be able to transfer his abilities to a top league; see Alfonso Alves, Mateja Kezman et al.

It is his performances with the Dutch national team which have brought him the most attention of late, likely persuading him to seek a new challenge, he netted the winner against Finland in Holland's recent World Cup qualifier earlier this month.

There is a school of thought which says Manchester United need a central midfielder, and should spend whatever it takes to get their man, and that is the alternative side of the argument.

If they are convinced Strootman really is 'the next Roy Keane' as he is being billed, then £20 million would be worth it, right?

A fair shout, but it does not take into account the other side of the coin that Strootman may not fulfil that price tag. For £20 million (plus) as United showed in their capture of Robin van Persie for £24 million, they expect the finished article, not a player just one year older than Federico Macheda looking to test himself.

If United are serious about a big money bid in January for a midfielder, Marouane Fellaini is their man. He'd cost a little more, but he is the finished article, older, and proven in the Premier League.

He is also free to play in Europe, a key point for clubs looking to sign players in the January transfer window, unlike Strootman who has played in the Europa League with PSV.

If the club are set of Strootman, a fee of £10-15 million is justifiable and fair, and that may well be the case. Fans should hope the Mail's £20 million figure is wrong, as it could kill any chance of United making an offer for the player given Sir Alex Ferguson's reluctance to pay what he views as 'over the odds.'

Do you agree, or should United pay what it takes for Strootman?

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