The Dutch midfielder suffered a knee injury at the back end of last season, which ruled him out of the World Cup but reports have suggested LvG is keeping tabs on him with a view to making a move in the future.
“Van Gaal has told Manchester United that he is prepared to wait until January to sign Kevin Strootman rather than bring in a weaker central midfielder this summer,” reports Goal.
“The United manager is a huge fan of Strootman and the club will monitor the Roma midfielder’s recovery from a serious knee injury with a view to trying to sign him in the new year.”
LvG has recently played down the idea that United could press ahead and make further signings in the transfer market this summer as he gets to learn more about his squad and what they are capable of.
Luke Shaw adds balance on the left hand side of the defence while Ander Herrera injects some creativity into midfield, but it’s widely accepted that United’s midfield is still missing the sort of grit that Strootman could provide.
It’s a remarkable tribute to the belief van Gaal has in Strootman’s ability that he seems prepared to wait and only have him available when he’s fully fit over the second half of the season.
The situation provides a good contrast with the deal which saw former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy first join the club. Van Nistelrooy was due to sign from PSV before a knee injury, which delayed his arrival by a year.
It is arguable that United would be better off trying to do a deal for Strootman now to avoid the chance of a bidding war this January, but the Dutchman could provide United with a welcome boost in the middle of what’s likely to be a tough season.