Kevin Strootman was always going to be the player who Manchester United were heavily linked with this January and ESPN’s Miguel Delaney now reports there is a strong chance he could move to Old Trafford next month.
Delaney reports there had already been ‘extensive preliminary discussions’ between United and Roma which are now able to be moved forward after AS Roma’s exit from the Champions League, which could give United some room to manoeuvre and negotiate a deal for Strootman.
Louis van Gaal is a known admirer of Strootman and the feeling is mutual so there is every chance the Dutch midfielder could be on his way to Old Trafford but how likely is it to happen in January?
Of course, the major issue with Strootman is the condition of his knee after a major cruciate ligament injury back in March which sidelined him for eight months and forced him to miss the World Cup.
A fee in the region of £30m for Strootman is well within United’s reach thanks to the influx of cash investment into the side following Van Gaal’s arrival but it all depends on how much of a risk United would be willing to take on Strootman’s knee.
Radamel Falcao’s muted start to his United career will certainly be at the back of Van Gaal’s mind and Andy Mitten quoted his own sources to suggest his fitness would stop any January move from happening.
One thing is for sure, Strootman is going to be a player who is very heavily linked with a move to United this January.