Ten Hag could sign Man United’s next Stam in move for “dominant” £28m colossus

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The 1998–1999 season was probably Sir Alex Ferguson’s annus mirabilis and the pinnacle of Manchester United’s greatest era. In what was an incredible campaign, United became the first English team to win the league title, the Champions League, and the FA Cup.

Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs, and David Beckham are just a few of the players Ferguson may use, with Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke leading the charge. However, Jaap Stam, a Dutch colossus who dominated at the centre of the United defence, was the defensive rock.

Even though he only played 127 times in three full seasons during his brief stay at Old Trafford, it was amazing to see the growling Dutchman advancing on a rival defence.

By making a move for Torino centre back Perr Schuurs this summer, could Erik ten Hag land United’s next Stam?

Perr Schuurs: Is Manchester United interested in him?

In response to Ten Hag’s pursuit of another defender, journalist Graeme Bailey tweeted: “Man Utd are already hard at work on center-back options when Harry Maguire leaves the club.

Perr Schuurs, Jarrad Branthwaite, Antonio Silva, Jean-Clair Todibo, and Benjamin Pavard all had discussions at Old Trafford.

The Serie A team has estimated the Dutchman’s value at £28 million, and Ten Hag may have pulled off a fantastic transfer.

However, Tottenham Hotspur is also interested in signing the defender during this transfer window, so United will have to move quickly to seal a deal.

Perr Schuurs might possibly help Manchester United.

It appears that Harry Maguire will leave United to join West Ham United, which might give Ten Hag more money to bolster his squad.

The 53-year-old is familiar with Schuurs because he played under his direction at Ajax from 2018 and 2022, making 95 appearances for the Dutch powerhouse, and emerged as one of the best young defenders in the nation.

Last summer, his performances earned him a transfer to Torino, but the 23-year-old found the transition to Italy to be a steep learning curve, managing just four clean sheets in 30 league games. He did, however, place first for tackles made per game (1.7), sixth for interceptions (0.9), and first for clearances (3.2), demonstrating the excellence of his individual stats across the most important defensive categories.

Following a performance at the San Siro in January, critic Josh Bunting praised him, writing: “Perr Schuurs brilliant for Torino this evening, a dominant performance at the San Siro. He was such a precise passer from the back that when Torino needed to move a little bit more directly, he was the person to go through. Giroud was a major miss, but he was solid in the air and winning his duels.

Since Stam moved for Lazio in 2001, United hasn’t had a dependable Dutch centre back. Schuurs, who has the same height as Stam at 6 feet 3 inches, might be a defensive Goliath in the mould of the former Red Devils stalwart.

It may be difficult to live up to Stam’s reputation, but he can find comfort in the knowledge that the 67-cap star relocated from the continent and went on to win five significant trophies during his time in Manchester.

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