Roma’s general manager has denied having any contact with Manchester United to discuss Kevin Strootman and insists the Dutch midfielder isn’t for sale at any price.
United have been linked with Strootman ever since Louis van Gaal took over as manager and following Roma’s exit from the Champions League, it puts United in a stronger position to negotiate.
However, Roma insist they have no intention of letting Strootman leave and want to build their future team around him.
“We haven’t received any call from Manchester,” Mauro Baldissoni said.
“We are not planning to sell Kevin.
“Kevin is young and he has a long contract. We definitely want to build our team around him.”
Louis van Gaal‘s admiration for Strootman is well publicised and the United boss would more than likely have attempted to sign him this summer if it wasn’t for his bad knee injury which also ruled him out of the World Cup.
With Strootman back from injury now, Van Gaal will be keenly following his progress to see how he recovers and although Roma insist he is not for sale at any price, that is never the case in football. However, if Van Gaal wants Strootman, he’ll more than likely command a substantial price despite the injury concerns.