After finishing the FIFA World Cup in victorious fashion for the first time in history, albeit with the third place win, you would think the Netherlands players who tantalized us with flair and scoring must surely be in high demand for the summer transfer frenzy. However, in a recent list of the top 50 transfer targets for football, including the likes of Luis Suarez and James Rodriguez, who have already gone to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, only two Dutch players made an appearance lower down the list.
Kevin Strootman, who missed out on the Netherlands World Cup campaign through injury, is currently at Roma in the Italian Serie A and is rumoured to have interest from national team coach Louis Van Gaal, the new manager of Manchester United. Jordy Clasie, who came up through the ranks of Feyenoord and featured in the World Cup for Van Gaal’s squad, is much sought after by clubs in the English Premier League, with the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham rumoured to be in the mix.
With high profile coach Louis Van Gaal taking the reins at Manchester United after the World Cup many expected an influx of his Dutch national talent to follow. This has not been the case so far. It is highly unlikely that the talented Arjen Robben would leave powerhouse Bayern Munich and Champions League football to follow Van Gaal and reunite with Robin Van Persie at United. The summer transfer window is far from over, and while fans in Manchester may still be awaiting some news of players from the Netherlands team joining Van Gaal’s revolutions, there is another United in the English Premier League that has quietly brought in a couple Dutch players to strengthen the side.
Newcastle United first brought in the versatile Ajax captain Siem de Jong for £6 million, who can play anywhere down the middle in attack from a target man striker, to a false nine, a classic number 10 or even in the midfield. He also brings leadership and experience to the table and has already been appointed a Vice-Captain of Newcastle United.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 20, 2014
Feyenoord right-back Daryl Janmaat played in all but one of the World Cup matches for the Netherlands, and will be an excellent replacement for Newcastle’s £10 million departure Mathieu Debuchy at a decent £5 million price point. According to his new manager Alan Pardew, Janmaat is the perfect example of a modern full-back, being both sound defensively and offering a real threat on the attack.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 22, 2014
Aside from the Eredivisie, the top domestic league in the Netherlands, the English Premier League seems to be the center of Dutch transfer action at the moment. Dutch players are even transferring from teams within the division. Tottenham Hotspur recently signed Swansea starting keeper Michel Vorm for £5 million after finishing up at the World Cup with the Netherlands national team.
Proud and honored to join the THFC family and work with staff and players at this amazing training ground. Go Spurs! pic.twitter.com/dEwvomgWLl
— Michel Vorm (@Vorm_Official) July 24, 2014
Promising Holland left-back Patrick van Aanholt looks to have finalized a transfer from Chelsea to Sunderland.There is a familiarity there with ex-Chelsea chief scout Lee Congerton currently the sporting director at Sunderland.
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) July 25, 2014
The transfer season is far from over, and with the success of the Netherlands national team at the #Brazil2014 World Cup, we are sure to see a few more Dutch player transfers before the first ball is kicked to start a new season. When Van Gaal finishes assessing his current squad, and looks to balance his new Manchester team to better fit the style he is implementing, United fans may yet get their wish for some new blood from the Netherlands. Keep an eye out for the possibility of a Daley Blind or Stefan de Vrij coming your way soon.