Louis van Gaal has told Manchester United what players he wants to buy and those he would be happy to see leave but remained tight lipped on the possibility of Kevin Strootman joining from AS Roma.
The 24-year-old Dutch midfielder has been linked heavily with a move to Old Trafford ever since Van Gaal became the frontrunner for the United job despite being sidelined with a long-term injury.
Speaking with NOS.nl, Van Gaal refused to divulge any details about a potential move for Strootman.
“Success at United doesn’t depend on money, but about which players we bring in,” he said.
“I gave my wishlist to the club. Is Kevin Strootman on it? A question for you, a fact for me.”
In a separate interview with RTL, Van Gaal insisted he doesn’t tend to get involved with the money side of things and chooses to leave that to the club.
“I’ve haven’t talked to them [the club] about money, only over the players that I would like to have and those that may leave,” he said.
“I’ve never been one to bother about transfer sums. That, the club can negotiate. I just want to know what is possible and what is not.”
With only just over three weeks until the World Cup, United have their work cut out securing signings before it begins but there is confidence coming out of Old Trafford that Luke Shaw can be finalised and potentially Toni Kroos too.
As for how United are going to perform next season, Van Gaal was clear in his ambitions – he wants to win the title.
“I would be proud if it works right away,” he said.
“Spain saw me succeed in my first year and in Germany as well. In England, it must also be possible.
“But there can only be one champion.”