In what will be another blow for Manchester United’s summer transfer plans, 23-year-old Dutch player Kevin Strootman has sealed a move from PSV Eindhoven to Roma.
PSV sporting director Marcel Brands confirmed the move, telling reporters: “PSV and Rome have signed a definitive agreement for the transfer of Kevin Strootman.”
The Dutch midfielder has signed for his new club for a fee of around €17m, with another €2m based on performances.
The Dutch U21 captain is delighted with the move, writing on his personal website: “I am very excited to be able to play for this great club.
“It is the next stage in my career development after being at Sparta, FC Utrecht and PSV, a club at which I had a lot of fun.”
Though Strootman’s sale is one of the most lucrative deals in the history of PSV, their director Brands lamented the loss of the player, saying: “This was a transfer we could not stop. The fee is one of the biggest amounts in PSV’s history. But it’s a sporting loss.”
Strootman had appeared for the Dutch side 88 times, having joined them from another Dutch side Utrecht in 2011.
The midfielder informed that before making the move, he sought out PSV team-mate Mark van Bommel and asked for his advice, telling De Telegraaf: "He was the man with experience of Italy.
"Mark said how great the passion of the fans was, how special the atmosphere at the stadiums was, and there was a totally different football culture."
"What counts for me is the number of big games I am going to play here.
"I will train everyday with top players and get to play against the likes of Inter Milan, Juventus and Napoli.
After having missed out on a European place last season, Roma have gone out and spent this summer as Strootman is the fourth signing to arrive at the Stadio Olimpico, following the arrivals of Maicon, Mehdi Benatia and Tin Jedvaj.
For Manchester United, though, after the loss of Thiago Alcantara to Bayern Munich, Strootman is the latest transfer target to have been missed out on by the Red Devils - and pressure continues to grow on new manager David Moyes to convert activity on the market into results, especially with the club recently declaring that they have the funds to attract the biggest names in Europe.
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