Kevin Strootman emerged as a target for Manchester United as soon as Louis van Gaal was hot favourite to take over the job.
Since then, Italian newspaper Il Tempo reported that United had submitted a €40m bid for the 24-year-old midfielder but now the same newspaper has followed that up with a clear message – Strootman is not for sale and isn’t interested in a move.
They say that after a great season, Roma are extremely keen to keep their biggest players and the process started by getting Miralem Pjanic to sign a new contract, so the focus has now turned to keeping Strootman and Gervinho at the club.
Various reports suggest United have made contact with Gervinho but hopefully the rumours won’t go any further than that as he’s the last player United need right now.
As for Strootman, it’s a tricky one. Last summer, he was available and ready to move to United but David Moyes decided against it. His ex-manager at PSV even courted his move to United, saying he would have been a great buy.
Since then, he flourished in his first season at Roma and was rightly considered one of the best midfielders in Europe at the time because of his consistency.
However, he is now sidelined with a long term injury and isn’t expected to be fit until approximately September. With long term injuries, some players fully recover when they return but some are never the same again (Antonio Valencia is a prime example).
Could United risk spending €40m on a midfielder who could turn out to be another Owen Hargreaves? Even though Van Gaal has a soft spot for Strootman, even he would realise how much of a risk that buy would be and as such, his focus may well be elsewhere.