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Spurs, Manchester United and Arsenal linked to Dutch midfield ace

United want him, so we probably can't have him.

Charlie Crowhurst

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked to Jordy Clasie for quite some time. He was one of the players we referred to as a potential 'Modric replacement' when Luka left us two summers ago, and he's gotten better since then. If Spurs' new boss doesn't rate Tom Carroll, we could definitely use a passing midfielder, and Clasie fits the bill.

You know who else needs a passing midfielder? Manchester United. Know who Manchester United's new manager is? Uh oh! Here's the Express on Louis van Gaal's interest and how it could keep Clasie from going to Spurs or their North London rivals.

Arsenal and Tottenham may have to resign themselves to losing the battle for Clasie's signature. Spanish sources had linked the pair with £6.5million moves to bring Clasie to the Premier League last season. However, the influence that Van Gaal's position as national team coach is likely to outweigh any such bids from the North London sides.

This is certainly believable, and Manchester United would almost certainly offer him a higher salary than Spurs or Arsenal would. If these three teams are all interested, Clasie is going to end up at United, unless his significant other really hates Manchester.

Sorry to let everyone down.