AS Roma technical director Walter Sabatini has agreed to sell Manchester United target Kevin Strootman but has set a €35 million asking price, reports Dutch magazine Elf Voetbal.
Citing reports from Gazzetta dello Sport, the Dutch publication claim the Serie A club have had a change of heart with regards to the tough tackling midfielder after initially telling Manchester United that he would not be sold for less than a ridiculous figure.
Louis van Gaal had placed Strootman at the top of his wish list after being confirmed as Manchester United manager and is still looking to add the enforcer to his squad.
Various reports surfaced suggesting that Manchester United were preparing offers for the star, who is still recovering from cruciate ligament damage, but AS Roma's reluctance to sell looked to be an impasse for Old Trafford chiefs.
However, the powers that be at the Rome-based club have now opened their minds to the idea of selling Strootman to Manchester United, but only if they meet the €35 million asking price.
That price would be a significant profit for a player who only signed from PSV Eindhoven last summer and would also be a good price for a player who has suffered a serious knee injury.
There are no doubts over his future in football but players have been known to lose their edge after similar injuries to the 24-year-old's. But if Van Gaal is willing to risk a chunk of his reported £200m transfer budget, Roma appear ready to sell him.