Manchester United could be preparing a sensational swap offer for Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, according to the Daily Star.
Strootman is believed to the Red Devils top target ahead of the winter window. It is likely that boss Louis van Gaal would have made a move for him over the summer were it not for the serious knee injury which wrecked his World Cup dreams.
He is likely to be out of action until November but Van Gaal remains a big fan of Strooman however and will try and lure him to Manchester United when the transfer window re-opens, however reports yesterday claimed that he would have to make an offer in the region of £60 million in order to make Roma sell up, something they have publicly insisted they will not do.
It was previously suggested that Manchester United could offer Juan Mata as part of the deal for Strootman, however reports today suggest they may take a different approach.
The Daily Star, citing reports in Italy, claim that £27.5 million ace Marouane Fellaini could be used as part of the deal instead. The Belgian played in the first game of the season but has been missing for Manchester United ever since with an ankle problem.
He was signed by David Moyes before he was sacked from his role at Old Trafford. Previously it had been suggested that Van Gaal would be willing to give Fellaini a chance to fight for his place in the first team when he is fully fit. He was linked with a move to Napoli over the summer but that failed to come off.
He should be ready to make his return in Manchester United's game against West Ham this weekend. His return couldn't be any more timely as the Red Devils look to bounce back from their humbling at the hands of Leicester yesterday.
They were rocked by four unanswered goals in the second half as the newly-promoted outfit claimed a memorable 5-3 win at the King Power Stadium to leave them with just one win from their opening five games.
According to reports, Van Gaal tore into his players after the game for their poor performance, while Juan Mata has today apologised on behalf of the team for the nature of their defeat.
The defeat against Leicester marked the first time in the history of the Premier League that Manchester United have lost after taking a two goal lead.