Kevin Strootman has told AS Roma that he wants the club to open negotiations with Manchester United over a January transfer to Old Trafford.
The Netherlands international is a firm favourite of United boss Louis van Gaal, who made the central midfielder the focal point of his Oranje side during his two-year spell in charge of the Dutch national team.
United have been linked with Strootman over recent months - and now, according to a Goal exclusive, the player is prepared to take action in order to seal a move to Manchester in January.
Strootman close to return
Strootman is close to making his long-awaited return from injury, having been out of action since suffering a serious knee injury back in March. Roma insist the influential 24-year-old is not for sale, but United are prepared to test the Serie A club’s resolve with a formal offer in the New Year.
The player is keen to reunite with his former coach, Van Gaal, while the chance to treble his £25,000-a-week salary may also also have a key bearing on his decision to leave the Stadio Olimpico.
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Strootman has two months to prove fitness
The report adds that Van Gaal instructed United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward not to pursue a move for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal during the summer because he wanted to keep an eye on Strootman’s return from injury.
And with his return imminent, Strootman has two months to prove his fitness to Van Gaal ahead of a potential big-money move to the Theatre of Dreams.