Dutch international striker Ruud van Nistelrooij agreed to join English
champion Manchester United on a five-year contract from PSV Eindhoven, according to the player's agent John Linse.
Linse wouldn't reveal details of the transfer fee, although
the Press Association said it would be a British transfer record
of 19 million pounds ($30.4 million), the fourth-highest fee in
Neither club was available to comment, though the reported
fee beats the 15 million pounds Newcastle paid Blackburn for Alan
Shearer in July 1996 and United's club record of 12.6 million
pounds, which it paid Aston Villa for Dwight Yorke in August 1998.
``There was quite a gap between the clubs over the fee,''
Linse told Bloomberg News. ``They managed to solve this and Ruud
agreed a five-year contract.''
Linse said the 23-year-old Van Nistelrooij would appear at a
press conference in Eindhoven later Friday before leaving to spend
the weekend in Manchester, when he will watch United play Chelsea
in the English Premiership on Monday. He'll undergo a routine
medical next week before completing his move.
Van Nistelrooij, who was the Dutch First Division's top
scorer last season with 31 goals, had registered 29 in the current
campaign before suffering a knee injury. He set a May 1 deadline
for interested clubs to bid for him otherwise he would sign a new
contract at PSV to replace his existing agreement, which expires
``Ruud was waiting for his dream club,'' Linse added. ``He
preferred to play in England, and, of course, Manchester United is
the big one.''
Linse said Van Nistelrooij was two weeks ahead of schedule in
his rehabilitation and expected him to play again this season.
He's set to link up with former PSV teammate Jaap Stam, who joined
Manchester United for 10.5 million pounds, a world record fee for
Arsenal, Chelsea, Leeds and Aston Villa have also been linked
with Van Nistelrooij in the British press during the past six
months, and Linse said there was also interest in the player from
Real Madrid and Barcelona.
That will most likely see the end of Solksjaer and Sherigham at Man Utd. Theyv'e both been linked with other clubs already. I had a feeling Van Nistelrooij would take it right to the 1 May deadline to decide his future.
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