PSV agree deals for Utrecht duo Dries Mertens & Kevin Strootman

Dutch giants are finally close to landing the Utrecht duo, while they have also secured a €49m loan as part of a rescue plan from local city council
PSV have reached an agreement with Utrecht for the transfers of Kevin Strootman and Dries Mertens, the club's technical director, Marcel Brands, has said.

The Dutch giants had long been linked with the Utrecht pair, but were forced to up the stake after watching their first two offers swiftly rejected.

Despite having coming to an understanding with Utrecht, PSV still have to discuss personal terms with the duo, but it is believed no problems will be raised by either player.

Mertens, an international for Belgium, has been at Utrecht since 2009, and is regarded as the successor to Balazs Dzsudzsak, who left the club for Russian side Anzhi earlier this summer.

Strootman, on the other hand, has three international caps for Netherlands to his name, and joins PSV after an impressive six-month stint at Utrecht.

Meanwhile, Eindhoven's City Council approved a financial rescue plan for PSV, in the form of a €49 million loan, with the Dutch side receiving €44m now, and the remaining amount over the next 10 years.

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