Manchester United have submitted a €40 million bid for AS Roma’s Kevin Strootman, according to Italian newspaper Il Tempo.
The 24-year-old is widely considered to be one of Louis van Gaal‘s top targets despite the fact he is currently sidelined with a long term cruciate ligament injury and if these reports are to be believed, it hasn’t stopped Van Gaal from trying to lure Strootman to Old Trafford.
Other reports suggested Roma may be looking around for Strootman alternatives, so the signs are there that the Dutch midfielder may well move to United, albeit a year later than it should have.
He was available in the market last summer. After captaining Holland’s Under-21s side to the final in the 2013 European Championships, he joined Roma for less than €20 million. PSV’s boss encouraged United to bid and Strootman left the possibility open himself but David Moyes and Ed Woodward decided against it – good call.
Now, if we brought him to United we’d have to pay double that only a year later but we’ve got the financial muscle this summer and if Van Gaal wanted him to be part of his United side, the board would no doubt give him the money.
The main concern with Strootman is obviously his injury as there is no guarantee he’d be able to recover fully as ligament tears usually leave scars behind but if he could recapture his early season form from Romal last year and bring that to United, he’d be an outstanding buy.