Manchester United target Kevin Strootman would reject a move to Old Trafford this summer as he is keen on staying at Roma beyond the summer.
Reports in Italy suggest the Dutch international is content with life in the Italian capital - despite having the chance to link up with his national team manager Louis van Gaal and close friend Robin van Persie.
Manchester United’ manager Van Gaal is keen on bolstering his midfield options ahead of the new season as he feels his new side’s engine room among the weakest parts of the team.
The former Barcelona manager has pulled the plug on the deal to sign Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos as he does not believe the German international would be the right fit at Old Trafford.
Strootman, on the other hand, is capable of screening his defensive teammates and also has goals in his locker.
The 24-year-old, who was linked with a move to Manchester United before moving to Italy last summer, is currently recovering from a serious knee injury.
Van Gaal will be disappointed with Strootman’s decision to stay at Roma due to his close relationship with the midfielder.
He is now likely to instruct Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward to switch his attention to midfield targets Cesc Fabregas, Jordy Clasie or Wesley Sneijder.