Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has expressed an interest in Kevin Strootman, although Roma counterpart Rudi Garcia claims it would take an exorbitant sum for the Serie A club to even consider the sale of the Netherlands international.
Strootman is a former charge of Van Gaal at international level and enjoyed a prominent role in the Netherlands side until his season was brought to a premature end following a serious knee injury sustained in March.
This put paid to Strootman’s World Cup ambitions, and will also extinguish any hopes he might have had of securing a transfer to Manchester United this summer. Van Gaal, however, is prepared to wait for the 24-year-old.
Van Gaal interest
"I never usually say anything about individual players. It is my vision that we talk about a team and not individual players,” Van Gaal said after Manchester United beat Roma 3-2 in a pre-season friendly encounter.
"But Strootman I can judge, but he is injured for more than six months. We have to wait and see how he comes back. It is not easy to say how he comes back from injury, but we will wait and see."
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Strootman only joined Roma from PSV a year ago, at a cost of around €19 million, and given that the player has not even completed one full-season in the Italian capital, the club are understandably reluctant to sell.
And although the opportunity to move to Old Trafford and be reunited with Van Gaal may prove too good to resist for Strootman, Roma are in no position to need to sell the player and would only entertain the prospect if a considerable offer was made.
“What can I say about the rumours [of Strootman joining Manchester United?” Garcia said to reporters.
“Maybe after a three-digit offer [i.e. €100 million euros], then we will sit down and think about it.”