Manchester United have been knocked out of pole position to land Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman, according to The Express. Big-spending Paris Saint-Germain have now taken the reigns in the hunt to sign 24-year old Strootman, as they look set to offer AS Roma Adrien Rabiot plus a sizeable amount of cash for his signature.
It is believed that this offer is valued much more highly than the bid United have made, purely because they’re getting a ready-made replacement in Rabiot as part of the deal. Rabiot is one of the hottest properties in world football at the moment, as both Chelsea and Arsenal are interested in the young central midfielder. He looks all set to leave PSG after failing to make their 25-man Champions League squad, and a move away in January is looking highly likely.
Kevin Strootman underwent successful surgery on an injured ACL by in March, and isn’t expected to return to full fitness until November – hence why no club made a bid for him in the summer.
Manchester United may have to offload a couple of midfielders to bring Kevin Strootman in. It looks as though Marouane Fellaini isn’t part of Louis van Gaal’s plans, and United could be tempted to let Juan Mata go if the right offer comes in.
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