Manchester United & Arsenal facing Italian fight over £20m Holland star

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Manchester United and Arsenal target Kevin Strootman is being linked with a January move to AC Milan.

The 22-year-old midfielder has been earning rave reviews in the Eredivisie this season, scoring five goals in 16 matches to catch the eye of Premier League clubs.

However, talkSPORT cite reports in Italian newspaper Tuttosport when claiming that the Rossoneri are ‘desperate’ to add Strootman in the January transfer window, with discussions over a transfer fee already under way.

Reports in The Daily Mail earlier this month claimed the Dutch outfit rate their player at £20 million, as Arsenal and Manchester United sent scouts to watch the player in action against Ajax.

The Red Devils have been strongly linked with a move for the former Sparta Rotterdam starlet in the past, with Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly weighing up a £14 million bid for the player in the summer.

That price appears to have increased however, and the Manchester United manager would need to spend big to bring the player to Old Trafford.

Were Strootman to join Manchester United, he’d play alongside compatriots Robin Van Persie and Alex Buttner in the Premier League.

Arsene Wenger’s link to Strootman is a new one however, after he sent Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley on the trip to Holland.

Were the player to move to the Emirates Stadium in January, he’d compete alongside Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta for a place in the Gunners’ line-up.

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