Report: Strootman has no intention of joining Manchester United

As Roma Graffiti

Manchester United may struggle to sign Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman because the player and his club are reportedly determined to veto any move.

Manchester United are frequently being linked with Roma midfield star Kevin Strootman, but they may face an uphill battle in signing him.

Strootman, who was reportedly a target for Man United back in January, had a fantastic start to the season but a cruciate ligament injury ended his campaign prematurely and ruled him out of the World Cup.

Roma are nursing the 24-year-old back to fitness to be ready to start next season with a bang, but there are rumours that United may step in with a £30m bid.

New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has worked with Strootman in his capacity as Holland coach and is known to be an admirer of his, so it has been suggested that the Roma man could be his first transfer target.

However, Roma may well present a brick wall if United make an approach this summer and the player also seems unwilling to move.

After an excellent campaign, the Giallorossi are struggling to protect their assets and fear losing defender Mehdi Benatia and Gervinho who have become unsettled by transfer rumours.

According to Italian newspaper Il Tempo, Roma see Strootman as untouchable and will make every effort to keep him and Gervinho while acknowledging that Benatia may leave.

It is reported that Strootman also has no desire to leave having been treated well by the club during his recuperation.

However, the resolve of both player and club could be severely tested if Manchester United were to come in with a bid of around £30m and a lucrative contract offer for Strootman plus the chance to link up with Louis van Gaal.

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch