Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson were often linked with the signature of Netherlands midfielder Kevin Strootman. The combative and versatile maestro had caught the eye of Fergie and co - but a deal for the player could never be concluded as United and PSV Eindhoven failed to agree on the price of the Dutch international.
Amid rumours of an imminent AC Milan switch, AS Roma appeared to come from nowhere - and snapped up the talented player on a deal potentially worth up to €19 million in the summer of 2013.
He has since gone on to become a regular in Rudi Garcia’s excellent Roma side - and just this week scored a magnificent goal for the club against Napoli in the Coppa Italia.
His form has surely sparked regret in the old and new United regime - as the qualities Strootman has shown for the Giallorossi this campaign are the exact ones missing from the heart of United’s dismal season so far.
But, it appears that was apparent to new United boss David Moyes in January.
It is being reported this morning that Manchester United failed in a €25 million bid for the player in January.
The response, according to La Roma 24, was short and sweet:
"For less than €40 million do not even sit down."
United boss Moyes was it seems looking for midfield reinforcements in the winter - but was not ready to lower the quality of his targets. It was players of Strootman’s ilk that warranted his keen interest - however it seems a deal was never truly on the cards.
The player’s agent Chiel Dekker has stated:
"Kevin is very happy in Rome and his idea is to stay there for a long time. He is well, the club and the city he likes."
Strootman therefore looks like being too expensive and also far too settled in his current setting to be a plausible summer target.
Another one bites the dust … back to the drawing board for David Moyes and co.
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