Dutch international midfielder Kevin Strootman has completed his surprising move to French side Marseille. The 28-year-old midfield general switched AS Roma for the Ligue 1 side in a deal reported to be in the region of £22 million.
In today’s current market such a fee is an absolute bargain for such a talented player. After serious knee injuries blighted his career a few years back, Strootman has emerged from the darkness as a top European midfield operator and Marseille have themselves a bargain with the £22 million man.
But it is a surprise that Premier League teams did not make a move for the player, especially Everton.
Everton needed a new central midfielder this summer, eventually signing Andre Gomes on loan from Barcelona.
But Strootman would have been an even better recruit, considering he could have been signed for less than they paid for Davy Klaassen last summer.
A deal could easily have been pushed through as well. Everton’s director of football Marcel Brands is close to Strootman, after signing him from Sparta Rotterdam when PSV Eindhoven’s transfer boss.
With Everton looking lightweight in the midfield area, a statesmanlike signing of Strootman would have been brilliant by the Toffees.
However, Marseille will now benefit and Everton fans can rightly wonder why they were not in the running for the Dutchman.