Roma’s Kevin Strootman has been labelled as one of Louis van Gaal‘s top targets if he is to be named Manchester United manager.
Strootman was singled out as one of Van Gaal’s most important players for Holland at the World Cup before a cruel injury ruled him out of the tournament and since the Van Gaal rumours began, he has been heavily linked to Manchester United.
However, his agent Fabio Parisi has poured cold water on the possibility that Strootman could leave Roma this summer and follow Van Gaal if he were to join Manchester United.
“Nothing is true, he’s good in the capital,” Parisi said in response to Manchester United’s interest based on Van Gaal becoming manager.
The 24-year-old enjoyed an excellent debut season at Roma after moving from PSV last summer and was on course to be an integral part of Van Gaal’s side in Brazil before the World Cup before his injury.
Last summer, Strootman was available, making a strong impression with Holland’s Under-21s at the European Championships and was openly being courted to Old Trafford by those around him. Yet, still, we didn’t make a move
From Manchester United’s perspective, we missed the boat with Strootman and would now have to pay over the odds to sign him.
His agent has made it clear he is happy in Rome but of course, money talks, so while this does put a dampener on the possibility of him joining, at least Strootman’s camp is already aware that Van Gaal might come calling.