David Moyes is ready to try to and sign Kevin Strootman in January with a double swoop for PSG’s Blaise Matuidi and Roma’s Kevin Strootman, according to the Sunday Express.
While Matuidi is a potential target whose contract with PSG expires in the summer, Moyes has already made his mistake with Strootman and would be hard struck to lure him away from high flying Roma.
All summer, Strootman and his agent made it abundantly clear that the 23-year-old was going to leave PSV. Although he didn’t set anything alight in the European Under-21 Championships, you could tell he was a decent midfielder.
Yet, despite his then manager Dick Advocaat openly saying how good a signing Strootman would have been for United, Woodward and Moyes decided not to make a move for him which is something they will likely regret.
Roma signed him for a reported €17 million, just over half of what we offered Atletic Bilbao for Ander Herrera, and he has since gone on to take the Serie A by storm.
Strootman has become a linchpin in a revitalised Roma side that set a Serie A record of ten straight victories where they scored 24 goals and conceded just one at the start of the season. Why would he want to leave that and come to an unstable, unpredictable United who are far from high flying?
If Moyes and Woodward went in for Strootman in the summer, there is every chance that he would have come to Old Trafford and had the same sort of impact. However, it is almost impossible now for us to try and get Strootman to leave when he has done so well. On top of that, Roma would put a much higher price on his head than the €17 million they paid for him less than six months ago.
Strootman would be an excellent signing, of that there is no doubt, but it would be futile for United to try and lure him to Old Trafford in January. That ship unfortunately sailed in the summer.