Kevin Strootman has told AS Roma that he wants to join up with the growing Dutch contingency at English giants Manchester United, according to Goal.
The Dutchman is closing in on a return to football after a major knee injury which kept him out of action for nearly a year and has been identified by United manager Louis Van Gaal as the ideal choice to improve his team's midfield.
Roma owner James Pallotta has publicly retaliated all claims linking Strootman to Manchester by telling reporters that the move is 'not happening'.
Last month Roma general manager Mauro Baldissoni told Sky Italia: "We can’t wait until Kevin is back on the pitch."
"We miss him a lot, but he is getting closer to his return. We are proud that Kevin is part of our squad and he is not for sale.
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"There has been non-stop reporting in UK newspapers about Kevin Strootman and Manchester United."
Baldissoni went on to say that the media is wasting it's time by linking Strootman to United and that the club value him as one of the integral members of the squad.
"Kevin Strootman is not for sale and has never been discussed in that vein at Roma. They are wasting paper. We consider Kevin an integral, highly valued partner in our long-term plans."
Despite Roma authorities being adamant that the former PSV Eindhoven man is going nowhere, it has been reported that Strootman himself wants to join up with his compatriots Louis Van Gaal, Robin Van Persie and Daley Blind at United.
The box-to-box midfielder has reportedly fired his agent agent Chiel Dekker and has joined SEG - the Sports Entertainment Group, the firm who represent Louis Van Gaal and Robin Van Persie, and were involved in the latter's move from Arsenal to Manchester United in 2012.
United are expected to test Roma's resolve in the January transfer window and feel that the public declarations from the Serie A club have been used as a 'negotiating tactic'.
The Old Trafford outfit can easily treble Strootman's current weekly wage of €32,000. United are believed to have kept their options opened as they are still keeping tabs on Real Madrid's German midfielder Sami Khedira.
Strootman made 29 appearances for Roma last season scoring six goals and providing seven assists.
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