Manchester United stand no chance of landing top summer target Kevin Strootman, and will be rejected by both club and player even if they attempt a €40million move, according to reports in Italy.
Italian newspaper Il Tempo claims that Rudi Garcia and Roma are intent on retaining their best midfielders as they prepare for another assault on the Serie A title next season, and Strootman is integral to their plans. The Dutchman is said to be coveted by new Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal, and has been consistently linked with a switch to Old Trafford once he recovers from an ongoing injury.
However it’s thought that the 24-year-old wants to remain at the Stadio Olimpico in order to further his development as a player, and so Van Gaal may well have to look elsewhere. Such rejection means that it’s hardly been an ideal start for the former Barcelona manager in Manchester, as William Carvalho, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller have all already publicly declared that they will not be joining his cause this summer.
Whilst speculation would infer that the likes of Marco Reus, Alex Song and Ross Barkley are still on the agenda for the former Premier League champions, United fans will be wary of suffering a repeat of last summer’s transfer humiliations, wherein the club were linked with numerous big moves, but failed to deliver.