Van Gaal wants £30m rated compatriot at Manchester United – report

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Louis van Gaal wants to sign fellow Dutchman Kevin Strootman if he becomes the Manchester United manager in the summer.

Louis van Gaal is keen to sign Kevin Strootman from Roma in the summer, according to a report.

The Netherlands national team coach is said to be the favourite to become the Manchester United manager, and one of his first move as the Red Devils boss would be to recruit his compatriot.

The Sunday People claims that Strootman is highly regarded by Van Gaal and is given the same importance as Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben in the Netherlands national team. The 24-year-old midfielder made his debut for the Oranje in 2011 and his importance to the Dutch side has grown since then.

However, the former PSV star will not feature in the World Cup in Brazil in the summer because of a knee injury that he suffered while playing for Roma against Napoli in March. He has been on the sidelines since then, but he should recover in time for the start of next season.

Strootman joined Roma from PSV last summer and instantly settled in Serie A, becoming one of the regular starters in Rudi Garcia’s side. The 24-year-old is rated at £30 million, but given the amount of money that United will spend to overhaul their squad (reported to be £200 million), it shouldn’t be a problem for the Manchester outfit. The Dutchman is considered one of the best in his position in Europe, and his all-round ability in the middle of the park is something that the Red Devils desperately need.

A versatile midfielder, who is as adept at marching forward as he is at protecting his defence and in tackling, Strootman could be the midfield force that United have been looking for years. Van Gaal’s relationship with him and the fact that he could play for one of the biggest clubs in the world in arguably the most popular domestic league on the planet could just be enough to convince him to switch to Old Trafford.

Of course, all this hinges on Van Gaal actually becoming the United manager. As of now, the 62-year-old is only in charge of the Netherlands national team.

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