Manchester United have turned their attentions to Kevin Strootman this summer after deciding that a move for fellow Serie A star Arturo Vidal is most likely not going to happen.
According to the Express, Louis van Gaal’s preference has always been for Strootman, but the Old Trafford club will now move on to organising a deal for him after refusing to pay Juventus’ £45million asking price.
Vidal has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United for most of the summer and the deal has been described as nearly done to called off over fitness concerns at various points.
This latest reports claims that Old Trafford officials have lost patience with the Serie A champions and will instead turn their attentions to one of the key stars at rivals AS Roma.
Strootman was one of the first names in Van Gaal’s Netherlands starting XI and was expected to play a starring role in the side at the World Cup in Brazil, but suffered knee ligament damage and missed the tournament.
Holland finished third in his absence and the report suggests that Van Gaal and Manchester United wanted to wait and see if he progressed well in his recovery from the injury, with a view to making a move in January.
However, as the report claims, the situation with Vidal may have led them to the decision that they want to sign the 24-year-old midfielder sooner than then and get him to complete his recovery in England.
Won't come cheap
Strootman is likely to be expensive as Roma manager Rudi Garcia insisted that he had no desire to see him leave and that it would take a bid in the region of £80million to convince the Giallorossi to sell.
That kind of fee is probably a bit optimistic on the part of the Italians, especially as the motivation for moving for Strootman is given as an unwillingness to meet the £45million asking price for Vidal