Roma boss says Kevin Strootman will cost Manchester United in excess of €100m

by Sam Peoples

Roma boss Rudi Garcia has responded to rumours linking Kevin Strootman with a move to Manchester United by saying the club would consider listening to offers in excess of €100m.

Strootman joined Roma last summer for around €20m and went on to be one of the most influential midfielders in Europe until he tore his cruciate knee ligament in March to rule himself out of the World Cup.

United are openly in the market for another midfielder this summer and Strootman is considered by many to be Louis van Gaal‘s first choice midfield signing but Roma have no intention of selling the Dutch midfielder unless an offer that was to good to refuse came in.

“He’s on the road to a full recovery,” said Garcia. “A possible sale to Manchester United? What can I say to these rumours? For over €100m we can sit around a table and think about it…”

Van Gaal’s fondness of Strootman has been well documented but there would be a substantial risk if United were to sign him because of the long-term damage his injury could leave behind, something United found out the hard way with Owen Hargreaves.

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