Louis van Gaal ready to wait for Kevin Strootman deal

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Louis van Gaal could well wait until January to strengthen Manchester United's ailing midfield, with reports suggesting that the Dutchman is ready to wait to sign compatriot Kevin Strootman.

According to recent speculation from Goal, Van Gaal - who officially took the reins at Old Trafford earlier this month after presiding over the Netherlands' recent run to the World Cup semi-finals  - has informed his new employers that he is willing to remain patient and sign Strootman in January rather than rush to purchase an inferior midfield target during the summer transfer window.

Knee injury

Widely viewed as an integral part of the Dutch international setup, 24-year-old Strootman sadly missed out on the recent tournament in Brazil after sustaining an anterior cruciate injury during Roma's 1-0 defeat to Napoli earlier this year.

Although the former PSV, Utrecht and Sparta Rotterdam star is showing encouraging signs of recovery following surgery to correct the issue, it stands to reason that Manchester United and Van Gaal will approach any potential transfer carefully and ensure that he comes back sufficiently and does not represent a hefty risk.

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This resolve not to resort to 'panic buys' would certainly fit with Van Gaal's established philosophy, with the ex-Barcelona boss having admitted once again in an interview earlier this week that he does not tend to buy players simply for the sake of it.

While many Manchester United fans would surely agree with the idea of not wasting vast sums on inadequate players, most would be forgiven for worrying over this possible delay in strengthening a midfield that was subject to routinely fierce criticism during a hugely forgettable 2013/14 campaign.

Although the pressure does not appear to be immediately on Van Gaal to deliver Manchester United's 21st top-flight title at the first attempt, he is expected to restore the club to the top four and even that could prove a difficult task if he is not able to radically improve such a weak and depleted area of his squad until the latter half of the season.

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Vidal decision

Whether or not Van Gaal will have to be content to wait until January to pursue £79 million-rated Strootman may rest almost entirely on the immediate future of Arturo Vidal.

The Juventus and Chile ace - a real box-to-box warrior who would almost instantly become the focal point of Manchester United's starting XI - has constantly been linked with a potential switch to the Premier League, although it certainly remains to be seen if that will come to pass.

Vidal has won three consecutive Serie A titles in Serie A and it is still unclear if he wishes to seek a fresh challenge elsewhere following the resignation of former Juve stalwart Antonio Conte. 

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