Strootman, Denisov are latest midfielders on radar
PublishedSunday, September 30, 2012
Manchester United is not waiting to find out if young Nick Powell is indeed the new Paul Scholes.
United is not even waiting to find out how long Scholes will be around and if, after an impressive League Cup showing by Anderson, playing Wayne Rooney in the hole with Anderson alongside works in the long term.
No, the January moves seem all about signing on more midfield options – holding and attacking.
A Russian and a Dutch playmaker are the latest on the radar.
Russia captain Igor Denisov and PSV midfielder Kevin Strootman are two midfield maestros United are reportedly looking at.
The Daily Mail quoted Strootman’s agent Chiel Dekker as telling the Dutch media that the 22-year old has had a good time in Eindhoven, but has 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,” Dekker is reported to have sent.
United scout Martin Ferguson has been over to watch Strootman on several occasions last season.
Meanwhile United will have to battle the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal for Russia captain Igor Denisov.
Densiov reportedly has fallen out with Zenit St Petersburg over his criticism of big salaries being paid to the likes of Hulk and Axel Witsel.
Denisov was quoted by Russian newspaper Sport-Express as saying, “I could understand it if we signed Messi or Iniesta, who are worth any price. Yes, we bought good players who clearly will help Zenit. But they are so much better than others to earn a salary three times better?”
The 28-year-old midfielder, according to talkSPORT, has not drawn the interest of the Premier League biggies, including Manchester City.
Meanwhile, Strootman is also on the Real Madrid and AC Milan radars.