This Star Could Rescue Man Utd's Midfield, But Is He Worth The Risk?
Man United have been crying out for a powerhouse in midfield for years. A player who can dominate a game from the centre of the park, someone who's tenacious as well as technically gifted. Not Marouane Fellaini, essentially. Fergie's genius papered over the cracks for a while, but last season showed just how poor their midfield is.
According to the Telegraph, manager Louis van Gaal has identified his primary target, and it's someone he knows very well - Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman.
It's not hard to see why the 24-year-old is so highly rated, he's an all-action midfielder who provides great protection for the defence, and then drives forward once the ball's won back. He chipped in with five goals and six assists for Roma last year, as well. The problem is Strootman's cruciate ligament injury. The midfielder has just returned from having surgery and looks to be shaping up well, but is it too much of a risk to shell out the money in January?
He's valued at around £35 million, but could be a fixture in the midfield for years to come.
He's brilliant, sure, but there's no guarantee he'll ever be the same player again and January is only a few weeks away...