Real Madrid are preparing to make Kevin Strootman's dream come true by offering him the chance to join the club, reports the Daily Star.
The Dutch midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United in recent months with Louis van Gaal keen to build his side around him. A bid of £30 million has been mooted with Strootman thought to be keen to reunite with the former Netherland's head coach.
However, Strootman has also hinted that he dreams of playing for Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti is looking to take full advantage. The Bernabeu outfit look set to battle Manchester United for his signature and are made instant favourites as a result.
Real Madrid need a replacement for Sami Khedira as the German enters the final six months of his contract. Efforts to sign Lucas Silva have hit an impasse and it seems Strootman is Ancelotti's first choice alternative.
It comes as a huge blow to Manchester United, who have been pinning their hopes on landing the enforcer in the January transfer window. It will also come as a blow to Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who has also been linked with a move for Strootman in recent weeks.
Reports went as far to say that the Blues had launched a £30 million bid in AS Roma's direction. That seemed premature as AS Roma president James Pallotta told clubs that he would not sell Strootman at the halfway point.
But a bid from one of Strootman's dream clubs, Real Madrid, could see him force a move away from the Serie A outfit.
Strootman is quoted in the same report as saying: "I do not see Roma as an intermediate point in my career. Of course, a player who plays well here can showcase themselves sooner.
"Everyone wants to play with Real Madrid or Barcelona, but these big clubs are not scouting in Netherlands."
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