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PSV prepared to cash in on Strootman; will United renew interest?

Kevin Strootman will be allowed to leave PSV Eindhoven for the right price in January, which could be of interest to Sir Alex Ferguson. 

The Holland international has been at the Philips Stadion since arriving from Utrecht just last summer, and he has gone on to make 33 Eredivisie appearances. However, it appears as though the 22-year-old has already outgrown Eindhoven, with his agent claiming the player is keen to test his talent in a bigger league.

“Strootman has had a good time in Eindhoven, but he decided that he wants to prove himself in a better league,” Chiel Dekker told the Dutch media. “If an agreement is able to be reached with a potentially interested club, PSV Eindhoven will allow Kevin to leave when the window reopens in January.”

What sort of agreement PSV will be looking for is a different matter altogether. They paid €13million for the midfielder when they signed him 15 months ago, and he has since gone on to win 11 caps for his country. He has another four years remaining on his contract, and after starting the season in impressive form – he has two goals and two assists from eight matches – there is little to suggest his summer valuation of £15million will have been reduced in the subsequent weeks.

Last season, in which Strootman rose to prominence, United sent scout Martin Ferguson to keep tabs on the youngster on several occasions, according to the Daily Mail. In the end the Reds instead signed the more attack-minded Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund, whilst Nick Powell, who joined from Crewe Alexandra, is considered to be one for the future despite his recent goalscoring involvement in the 4-0 Premier League win over Wigan Athletic.

Strootman is often described as an all-round midfield player, yet should United decide to make a move for his signature, it is likely they would view him as an option to sit in front of the back four in much the way Michael Carrick can. The Dutchman, though, offers more of an attacking threat than the England international, and if the price is right, Sir Alex could be tempted to get the chequebook out again when the transfer window reopens in the winter. 

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