Manchester United have been told they will have to cough up £60million if they want to sign AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman in January, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Dutch midfielder is still currently sideline due to a serious knee injury he sustained earlier in the year, which ruled him out of the World Cup in Brazil, and also blocked any potential departure from Roma throughout the summer.
Strootman is expected to return to action in the next few weeks and United boss Louis Van Gaal is now set to scout his return and monitor his recovery from the leg injury.
Back in the summer, Van Gaal stated that he would monitor Strootman and would decide whether or not to make a formal offer for him in January after seeing him return, but the Premier League club will have to fork out £60 million if they want to land the Dutch midfielder.
Van Gaal and Strootman built up a good relationship during international duty when the United boss was manager of Netherlands, and Van Gaal has since admitted that the injury to the midfielder was a massive loss before the World Cup in Brazil, where Netherlands finished third after beating Brazil in the third-placed playoff.
Strootman has been a long-term United target, with both David Moyes and Sir Alex Ferguson wanting to sign the 24-year-old, but due to their strong relationship and history with each other, officials at Old Trafford are more confident of signing the midfielder now, with Van Gaal at the helm.
After spending well over £100 million in the summer United have dug themselves a bit of a hole when it comes to transfers and that is why Roma have put a high asking-price on Strootman's head, because they know United can afford it.
However, the midfielder is desperate to secure a move to Old Trafford, and has even sacked his old agent, and replaced him with Robin van Persie's, so that he can force the move to England.
With United not keen on splashing out £60 million for the 24-year-old, they may send a player as part of the deal, and that player is likely to be Marouane Fellaini.
The Belgium was scheduled to leave Old Trafford in the summer, with Napoli interested, but a serious foot injury delayed the move and ended the Italian side's interest.
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