Vertonghen On Manchester United Transfer Radar
The Belgium international was dropped by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino for Tottenham’s last game, the 2-1 defeat to Stoke City before the international break and is believed to be unhappy at White Hart Lane.
Reports today suggest he could be a target for United in January. That’s despite the Red Devils’ executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward stating earlier this week that there was no “short-term fix” in the January transfer market.
Vertonghen moved from Ajax in 2012 and there were rumours last season that he was unhappy with Spurs. He was linked with Barcelona during the summer, but he signed a new deal during the summer and there is another three-and-a-half years left on his contract.
The Daily Mirror claims an £18million deal could be on its way in January.
Strootman ‘Has Already Agreed United Move’
Manchester United have already come to an agreement with Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman about a move to Old Trafford, according to someone who claims to be close to the United boss.
Dutch journalist Hugo Borst claims that Strootman, van Gaal and Robin van Persie were at a match in the spring between PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord. “This was when people knew van Gaal was going to Manchester United,” Borst told TalkSport.
A look back at the Dutch league fixtures for last season puts the meeting on Sunday 13 April. That was a couple of weeks after Strootman damaged cruciate knee ligaments and just over a week before David Moyes was sacked as manager of Manchester United.
“Van Gaal asked Strootman whether he was interested in playing for Manchester United, and he said he was very willing. They have shaken hands on a deal.”
Borst, who recently wrote a book about van Gaal, claims the deal will take place next summer.
But while there is no doubting Strootman’s willingness to move to Old Trafford the problem has always been the price United are prepared to pay.
Former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was linked with Strootman in 2012 and 2013, but he wouldn’t meet PSV’s asking price and the Dutchman moved to Roma in a deal worth £13million in the summer of 2013.
There may now be more willingness on United’s part to pay the current market price for Strootman. Whether Roma would be willing to sell the Netherlands international is another point. The Serie A club’s American owners insist he will not be sold whatever the price.
As Borst stated, a United bid for Strootman is unlikely to take place in January. He has yet to make his comeback from the injury he sustained in March. The summer is likely to make this Manchester United transfer bid one worth watching.
Strootman was interviewed by Borst for his book and said he always had an obligation to the Dutch coach to get the ball.
“With him looking on, whether it’s at a training session or in a packed stadium, it’s not a matter of me wanting the ball. No, I have to have it – it is mine. It’s like an obligation I have to van Gaal.”
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