Manchester United have been quoted a staggering £60 million if they want to sign AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman in January.
The Sunday Mirror reports that the 24-year-old has been identified as Louis van Gaal's top target when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year, but will be forced to pay a premium price for the player's services.
The Red Devils recently broke the British transfer record to sign Angel di Maria from Real Madrid in a £59.7 million deal, and will have to shell out even more than that to lure the Holland international to Old Trafford.
After splashing more than £150 million on six new signings over the summer, Manchester United are now paying the price for their extravagant spending as they'll now be expected to stump up similarly inflated fees for all of their proposed transfer targets.
Roma are determined to retain Strootman's services for the remainder of the 2014/15 campaign at least, and hope that their high valuation will deter the Premier League giants from making a bid in January.
How will Strootman react?
It's not yet clear how the deep-lying Dutch star will react to news of the Serie 'A' club seemingly pricing him out of a potential transfer, especially after he ditched his long-term associate Chiel Dekker to join forces with Robin van Persie's advisor Kes Vos.
The move was perceived as an attempt to broker a transfer to England in the future, but Strootman's new agent has his work cut out after being informed by Roma's American owner James Pallotta of the price it will cost Manchester United to successfully negotiate a deal.