WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

Papers: Strootman in PL?

18/06/2013 07:48

Joe Mewis writes in The Mirror...

Strootman has heart set on Premier League
In-demand PSV Eindhoven midfielder Kevin Strootman is intent on a move to the Premier League, despite interest from across Europe. The 23-year-old Manchester United target has already won 18 senior caps for Holland and has just returned from Israel where he led his country to the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championships. Although Strootman has three years remaining on his PSV contract, he has long been touted as likely to be moving on this summer. Rafa Benitez's Napoli are the latest to declare an interest and Strootman's agent Chiel Dekker has also confirmed clubs from France and Russia have expressed a liking for the midfielder. However, Strootman wants to play in the Premier League. “He is focused on England because that would suit his style," said Dekker. “He has the physique, the character and the fitness for it. I am certainly not afraid he could handle that level.” United's chief scout Jim Lawlor saw Strootman in action against Russia during the Under-21 Championships, although, as yet, new Red Devils chief David Moyes is still to make a move. “Kevin has ambition but it is not in my hands," said Dekker. “From PSV it would have to be a step up to a good club. It is not simple though because the price will be expensive and not many teams can afford him. The clubs know what he can do now. It is up to them whether they want to reach an agreement with PSV and take him.”

The Times says Ryan Giggs will travel to Turkey on Thursday to complete an intensive eight-day assignment at the Under-20 World Cup finals, as he attempts to secure a UEFA Pro Licence coaching badge. Ex-Red Gary Neville will also reportedly take part.

Elsewhere, the Daily Mail claims United's former chief executive and current UEFA executive member David Gill has been handed power to recommend bans on clubs who breach new European Financial Fair Play rules.

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