Manchester United have already begun the process of negotiations with AS Roma over the signing of Kevin Strootman by holding talks with the Serie A side about a January move, according to The Telegraph’s Jason Burt.
Louis van Gaal‘s admiration for Kevin Strootman saw him completely change Holland’s formation at the World Cup in his absence and if he had not suffered a serious knee injury last season, there’s every chance he may already be a United player.
Burt reports that moves for Arturo Vidal and William Carvalho have been ruled out due to knee concerns and price demands respectively. On the contrary, less than 72 hours ago Mark Ogden and Ian Ladyman reported Carvalho was very firmly still a target for this summer, so there’s some mixed messages with regards to the Sporting Lisbon midfielder.
As for Strootman, it would come as no surprise to hear Van Gaal has set the ball in motion for a potential January move. It’s clear from his changes with Holland just how highly he rates Strootman and prior to his injury, he was one of the top midfielders in Europe on form.
The big question for United would be whether the current squad is good enough to compete until January without another midfield addition. Daley Blind and Ander Herrera are the two new faces in midfield but with Darren Fletcher looking out of sorts and both Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick injured, United have a real lack of depth in midfield.
For a world class midfielder who Van Gaal could trust to fully embrace his philosophy, Strootman is the ideal candidate but just like Vidal, there will be concerns over the long-term condition of his knee following a serious injury.