Kevin Strootman’s transfer to Manchester United could rest on his relationship with one of the first team’s current stars.
Strootman has been touted as one of Louis van Gaal’s primary transfer targets for the club, as the club seek new signings to help eradicate the bitter and negative memory of last season.
Despite the fact Strootman won’t be available until roughly October because of injury, United seem happy to lay their cards in the table and go all out for the Roma star who only moved to Serie A last summer.
However, Robin van Persie could hold all of the aces in relation to any deal for his Netherlands international teammate.
“It’s believed he would love to link up with his international manager at Old Trafford and is also close friends with United striker Robin van Persie, likely to become the club’s new skipper,” reports the Express.
Therefore, RvP is likely to be a player that van Gaal takes good care of, if he sees the experienced striker as someone who will be key in the transfer process.
Despite the fact Strootman now has a good level of experience at 24-years-old, the move would still be relatively alien to him.
He’s not got experience in English football or English culture, which means it’s natural for a player of his type and calibre to drift towards an older and closer friend upon stepping into a new environment.
Van Persie can therefore sell United before, during and after the transfer process which will aid the club’s chances of buying Strootman as well as seeing him settle in at Old Trafford.
The battle United, LvG and RvP have in relation to landing Strootman is the fact he’s only just started his Roma career.
United seem to be playing on the fact it will be difficult for Roma to resist a big money bid for a player who isn’t immediately available for them at the start of next season, when they could use the cash to buy a replacement who is.