Why Manchester City are going Double Dutch with Feyenoord bid

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Holland have produced their fair share of football brothers over the years, from Erwin and Ronald Koeman through to Frank and Ronald de Boer and if everything goes to plan for Manchester City, another top pairing could be coming to the Etihad in the near future.

The Citizens are rumoured to be tracking Feyenoord defender Terence Kongolo ahead of a potential £3 million January bid for the highly-rated youngster who can play at either centre-half or left-back and was included in Louis van Gaal’s Holland squad for the World Cup.

Little wonder then that the Manchester United manager is being linked with a mid-season move for the player, though City do have one ace up their sleeve in the pursuit of the 20-year-old – his brother players for them.

Just 16, Rodney Kongolo was snapped up by the Citizens after earning rave reviews as a youngster with Feyenoord and on national team duty with the Holland under-15 side.

Dubbed “the new Vieira” the midfielder remains some way off breaking into the City first team, but with any Sky Blues deal for his brother Terence likely to see the older Kongolo remain at Feyenoord until the end of the season, the future is looking Oranje for the Citizens.

While Rodney comes highly regarded his brother is certainly no wallflower, having starred for the Dutch under-17 side in the 2011 UEFA Championships, with Holland going on to win the competition.

The elder Kongolo came on for Dirk Kuyt in the final few minutes of the Netherlands’ 2-1 win over Chile in the group stage and with the ex-Liverpool favourite now retired from international duty, there is space in the national side for the youngster.

Best deployed as a full-back, where his crossing and overall passing ability can best be demonstrated, Terence Kongolo’s arrival could signal the start of even bigger things for City.

And that’s before we even get to the small matter of there being a third Kongolo brother. Still in his teens at Feyenoord, Fidel Kongolo could one day follow in the footsteps of his siblings with a move to the big time.

Manchester United, in the meantime, may have to make do with the Keane brothers.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.