Manchester United have been heavily linked to Netherlands midfielder Kevin Strootman in recent months. It was thought they wanted him in the summer but as he was still recovering from injury the move was put on hold. However now The Times report that he is ready to return to regular football and Louis Van Gaal is preparing his transfer.
Kevin Strootman is one of the hottest properties in European football and was a major target for wealthy Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain. We wrote how PSG were perhaps willing to offer their 19-year-old midfielder Adrien Rabiot as a makeweight with Strootman’s current club Roma very interested. Rabiot though, just signed a new deal with PSG ending speculation of this move. Manchester United are now pole sitters for Strootman who will get back to match fitness by the winter transfer window.
Strootman began his career with Sparta Rotterdam and then moved on to Utrecht in the Eredivisie. The midfielder then moved on to Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven in 2011 and went on to play 62 league matches for the club, scoring 8 times. Strootman established himself as a hot property and AS Roma paid €17m for his services in July 2013.
The 24-year-old, who has earned 25 Netherlands caps but missed the World Cup in Brazil because of a serious injury that ended his campaign in March 2014. He had played 25 Serie A games for Roma but is now only returning from the knee problem. Louis Van Gaal, his old Netherlands boss, believes he can convince the midfielder to join him at Manchester United but the fee will be hefty if Strootman is to move to Old Trafford in January.
By Gareth Thomas | November 6th, 2014