Manchester United have been dealt what supporters will be praying isn’t a transfer-window defining blow by top target Kevin Strootman, as the Dutchman doesn’t want to move from Roma.
According to Italian paper Corriere della Sera, the midfielder has been approached by United following the appointment of new boss Louis van Gaal, but rejected the idea of moving to Old Trafford. The Red Devils have been heavily linked with a move for the 24-year-old since the talk of Van Gaal taking over began, but it would appear that even the extensively experienced manager’s influence has not been enough to convince Strootman to abandon the Serie A.
The news will come as yet another huge blow to United, following the news that William Carvalho has pledged his future to Sporting Lisbon for at least the next two years. That, on top of the fact that German sources are practically laughing at the notion of the former Premier League champions getting their hands on any of the Bayern Munich quarter of Toni Kroos, Mario Mandzukic, Arjen Robben and Holger Badstuber, means that the summer is shaping up to be quite bleak indeed.
Of course it’s early days yet for Van Gaal, who won’t officially start working solely for United until his World Cup obligations with Holland are over. Nevertheless he may be disheartened by the fact that Strootman has snubbed him, despite having been talked through the details of a potentially lucrative move.