Take one look at any transfer roundup concerning Manchester United over the past few days and you’re more than likely to see Kevin Strootman’s name floating about.
The rumours persist in registering him as Louis van Gaal’s top target heading into the winter transfer window, and recent quotes from Roma boss Rudi Garcia confirmed that if an offer was submitted, he would have little say in the matter. Well we’ve got good news and bad news for you.
The bad news is that Strootman once again occupies the prime position in our roundup today, but the good news is that it’s positive for United fans. Recent updates have claimed that the Dutch international is very close to a return from an injury which has seen him out for more than half of this calendar year, meaning that he may be fit to pass a medical at Old Trafford in January if it comes to it.
One supposed obstacle over the deal was said to be concerns over Strootman’s fitness, but if he can prove between now and the New Year that his complaints are behind him, there’s a realistic possibility that Van Gaal will take a gamble.
The move could cost as much as £60million, but United’s finances should be able to cope with that burden if it’s something the Red Devils boss is keen to push through. Van Gaal seems to have made it clear that is indeed something he desires, though whether or not the transfer will be completed before the end of January remains to be seen.
On a more current front the club announced today that fan favourite Ji-sung Park has returned in an ambassadorial role, with the former player having admitted he was honoured to make his comeback. Park played 205 times for United over the course of seven years with the club, and was well liked by supporters.
It's reported that he'll take to the pitch once more at Old Trafford alongside Sir Alex Ferguson on October 5, where his inauguration into the role will be completed before the fans. The South Korean star greatly improved United's presence in Asia, and his appointment could be seen as a way of the Red Devils once more strengthening their hold in that part of the world.
Park will join other former players such as Gary Neville, Andy Cole and Sir Bobby Charlton in taking up the role, with supporters sure to be elated with his return imminent.