Manchester United have been linked with a move for AS Roma’s star midfielder Kevin Strootman for a while now, and their hopes of that move happening as early as January were reportedly boosted when City dumped the Italian giants out of the Champions League last night. However, according to Roma themselves, Strootman will not be going anywhere next month.
Roma’s General Manager said: “We haven’t received any call from Manchester. 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.”
These are certainly stern words from the Italian side, but they are exactly the words you expect to hear regardless. If they come out and admit that a move to United could be on the cards then it’d instantly lower Strootman’s value, and they are obviously looking to get as much money as possible for him.
Strootman’s £25,000-a-week salary will almost certainly have to be upped if Roma want him to remain at their club, and they could even try to tie him down to a new contract to try and get even more money from United in terms of a transfer fee.
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