Kevin Strootman was reportedly on Manchester United’s wish list before he made the move to AS Roma last summer, and talk of the Dutchman moving to Old Trafford is back again, as his compatriot Louis van Gaal looks set to be named as Manchester United manager.
Van Gaal wants Strootman alongside Toni Kroos as his ‘new-look’ midfield pairing, and all of this transfer planning is taking place before he has been officially named as Manchester United manager.
The Daily Star claim that Strootman is Van Gaal’s top priority, although the 24-year old midfielder is currently recovering from a serious knee injury that looks to have ended any chances of him featuring for the Oranje at the upcoming World Cup.
Strootman cost Roma a hefty €17 million, so he’ll probably cost in the region of £20m to be prised away from the Italian side, but the prospect of working with Van Gaal on a domestic level must be an enticing thought.
Earlier today, we learnt that Van Gaal wants his position as Manchester United manager sealed before the end of the week so he can concentrate all his attentions on the aforementioned World Cup. The sooner the deal is announced the better it’ll be for all parties. He can draft up a final list of transfer targets for the Old Trafford board, and then he can finish his duties with Holland before turning full attention to Manchester United.