Manchester United handed boost as van Gaal favourite could be had for €35m

Reports in Holland and Italy today suggest that Roma could accept a €35m bid from Manchester United for midfielder Kevin Strootman.

Strootman, 24, is currently recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury which has ruled him out of this summer's World Cup, but he enjoyed a superb season with Roma. The former PSV Eindhoven man moved to the Italian capital for around €17m last summer, and unsurprisingly played a key role under Rudi Garcia this season.

Manchester United have been strongly linked with the midfielder for well over a year now, but the appointment of Dutch national team boss Louis van Gaal as the club's new manager has only intensified speculation that Strootman will end up signing for the Red Devils.

Strootman is a noted favourite of van Gaal's, and with United desperately needing an injection of quality in their midfield, it looks like a match made in heaven – particularly as the Serie A side have given United encouragement over a potential transfer.

Speculation in the Dutch and Italian press suggests that Roma would be willing to listen to offers in the region of €35m for Strootman, despite previously saying that they wouldn't sell their star midfielder for any price - so can United now close the deal this summer?

Strootman will have to continue to recover from his injury over the coming months, but if he does return to play at the same high level has he has throughout the season, then United can finally land the midfield star that they've been looking for after the failure of Marouane Fellaini at Old Trafford.

€35m is a large amount of money to pay for someone who is recovering from a serious injury, but van Gaal has repeatedly stated just how important he believes Strootman is - and he may just be the man to get the best out of the midfielder, regardless of injury concerns.

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