Manchester United will consider making a £30m bid for AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman - although Louis van Gaal will only move for the Netherlands international in January, once the player has made a full recovery from a serious knee injury.
United had been strongly linked with a summer move for the 24-year-old, but Van Gaal is not prepared to spend big money on a player who is currently injured. The Red Devils boss is, however, a keen admirer of the former PSV star and wants him at Old Trafford next season, according to the Guardian.
Strootman’s agent, Chiel Dekker, has confirmed that his client will not return to action until autumn at the earliest - ruling him out of this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil - while he also insists that a transfer between AS Roma and Manchester United will only happen if the former decide to sell.
“He won’t be back playing until autumn - that’s the time schedule at the moment,” Dekker told the Guardian. “He is of interest to Louis van Gaal but not related to Manchester United at this point.”
Dekker added that there has been no contact between the two clubs at this stage, but conceded that Strootman and Van Gaal have a good relationship thanks to their work together with the Netherlands national team.
“Roma do not want to sell.” Strootman’s agent continued. “The first thing is its all between [the] clubs. And its also a very difficult decision because he has to choose between a fantastic club in Rome, a club that bought him and supported him while he was injured and [then] you have his personal coach of the national team at United.
“The clubs have to decide. He’s very happy at Rome, he’s happy to stay because they play Champions League next season, and happy to recover his injury, so at this stage we are not part of any discussion.”
Strootman moved to AS Roma in 2013 after spending two years with PSV. The versatile midfielder enjoyed an excellent debut campaign at the Stadio Olimpico, scoring six goals in 28 appearances, before tearing a cruciate ligament in a match against Napoli in March.
Manchester United scouts will keep a close eye on the Dutchman in the first half of the 2014/15 campaign, before Van Gaal gives the green light for the club to submit a formal offer in January.