Just like Manchester United were heavily linked with Arturo Vidal in the summer, the same pattern in the press has emerged about Kevin Strootman.
Today, FIFA agent Mateo Materazzi, brother of Marco, has told Rai Sport that Man United are ‘one step away’ from signing Strootman for €40m.
“Manchester are one step away from Kevin Strootman,” Materazzi told Rai Sport.
“The British club will pay €40m (£32m) into the coffers of the Giallorossi.”
Despite being on the official list of players’ agents on FIFA’s website, FIFA stopped licensing players’ agents in 2001, so while Materazzi is free to comment on a move for Strootman, he certainly plays no role in his future.
As predicted, rumours and reports linking Strootman with a move to Old Trafford have already gathered plenty of pace and are expected to do so throughout all of January.
In football betting terms, signing Strootman in January does seem a long shot but after Angel di Maria joined in the summer and Juan Mata joined last January from Chelsea, anything seems possible. If Strootman were to arrive, he’d certainly drop the current odds of 21-1 for United winning the Premier League.
We’ll be keeping you up to date on all the latest developments and reports from around Europe on what is going on with Strootman.