Manchester United target Kevin Strootman is set to be offered a huge incentive to sign a new long-term contract with AS Roma as the Italian giants prepare to hand the midfielder the captaincy at Stadio Olimpico, in addition to a bumper pay-rise that will move him closer to the club's highest earner Daniele de Rossi who is paid a reported £182,000-a-week.
The Holland international is currently sidelined by injury as he continues his recovery from a second major knee operation in the past two years, but the Serie 'A' outfit retain huge faith in the player's ability.
Current head coach Rudi Garcia is ready to build his team's future around Strootman, and is determined to see off rival interest from Louis van Gaal in securing the 25-year-old's signature.
According to the London Evening Standard, there's a good chance the Dutchman would already be a Red Devils player had he not had such rotten luck with his fitness over the past 12 months.
Van Gaal was keen to bring Strootman to Old Trafford when he first joined the Premier League giants back in July, having been so impressed with his compatriot during his time in charge of the Netherlands national team.
Strootman was unable to take his place in Van Gaal's 23-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil owing to the first anterior cruciate ligament problem picked up in early 2014, and the fact his return to fitness was delayed until midway through the current season meant that signing him was not possible last summer.
The former PSV Eindhoven star finally made his long-awaited comeback for the Giallorossi back in November after eight months out, but sustained further damage to the same knee in a game against Fiorentina at the end of January and has not featured since.
But, despite his relative lack of action over the past year Roma remain eager to tie Strootman to a fresh five-year contract, and are willing to offer him a significant increase on his current wages of around £79,000-a-week.
De Rossi is the highest earner in all of Italian football and whilst the Dutchman is unlikely to be paid quite that much he'll still take home significantly more than his existing deal.
Roma are desperate for Strootman to stay
The captain's armband in the Eternal City will perhaps be the biggest incentive for Strootman to commit his future, as Garcia begins to plan for life after Francesco Totti, the current skipper who, at 38, is surely approaching the end of his illustrious one club career.
Manchester United will be hard pushed matching the same kind of package at the Theatre of Dreams, particularly if Van Gaal's interest has cooled in light of his prolonged fitness problems in 2015.
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