Kevin Strootman kept waiting on showdown Roma talks

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Roma midfielder Kevin Stootman will be afforded the opportunity to talk terms over a bumper new contract once he's back in first-team contention, with the Giallorossi that they'll need to give the Dutch international a significant pay rise to ward off strong interest from Manchester United.

That is according to Rome-based newspaper Il Messaggero, who believe that talks over Strootman's future are now a priority for Rudi Garcia after handing Maicon fresh terms earlier this week.

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LVG favourite on the road to recovery

Urgency surrounding Strootman's future has been heightened by the playmaker's welcome return to full training yesterday, after spending nearly six months out with a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury.

The 24-year-old was forced to miss out on the World Cup with that problem and quite possibly the chance to sign for United, with Red Devils chief Louis van Gaal a huge admirer of the box-to-box midfielder.

Strootman's current contract at the Stadio Olimpico doesn't expire until 2018, but with his current €1.7 million salary working at roughly €32,500-a-week the pressure is definitely on Roma to reward the Dutchman's fine form last season with an improved deal.

Staggering asking price could scupper deal

United still retain a very serious interest in adding proven quality to their central midfield options in January, but Roma have quoted the Premier League giants a quite staggering £75m transfer fee before they'll even consider selling a key figure, particularly in the middle of a promising campaign.

Roma's stance has not been altered by their terrific form in Strootman's absence, with Garcia's side winning five of their first six games in Serie A and making a serious impression on their return to Champions League action.

Ultimately Roma are now aiming to sell Strootman a vision for a long-term future in the Eternal City and contract talks are an inevitable consequence of that position, but they may be required sooner rather than later as United continue to monitor a top transfer target very closely.

Expect United scouts to be close by when Strootman does make his first appearance of the season, with Roma targeting their clash with Torino in the first week of November for that hotly-anticipated return.

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