'He's the best in the country' - £30m Manchester United target Strootman praised

Jedvaj Hazard Strootman

Roma have been urged to keep Manchester United target Kevin Strootman.

Just like a year ago, rumours regarding Kevin Strootman and Manchester United are circling.

The difference this time is Strootman belongs to Roma, not PSV, and could land up costing double the £17 million the Giallorossi paid for him last summer.

Roma have always insisted Strootman is not for sale despite United's renewed interest, sparked by their new boss Louis van Gaal, his Netherlands manager and a great admirer of the player, while just last week his agent claimed he wanted to play in the Champions League.

A report in Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport however claimed yesterday that the Red Devils may yet have success, believing Roma could be talked into a sale for £30 million.

They have been urged not to however by former Serie A star Gaetano d'Agostino, currently of Siena, was quizzed about the Dutchman in a recent interview.

The ex-Roma, Udinese and Fiorentina full-back, now 32, told SportItalia:

"With Strootman there are rumours about him, but I think he is the best midfielder we have here in Italy and when he comes back from injury he will make a great contribution, so I would not sell absolutely."

The praise illustrates the high regard Strootman is held in over in the country, and the huge impression he made during his opening six months at Roma, before suffering a serious knee injury.

The best midfielder in Italy comment is quite some praise, when you consider Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba, and Andrea Pirlo all ply their trade in the country, and emphasises what a superb player the Red Devils mistakenly passed up on signing last summer.

It is little wonder Louis van Gaal is trying to correct that error.

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