Top Manchester United target has asked for van Gaal reunion - report

Kevin Strootman playing for PSV, Jonathan Reis for Vitesse

Reports this evening suggest that Kevin Strootman has asked Roma to sell him to Manchester United in January in a bid to reunite with Louis van Gaal.

Manchester United finished down in seventh place last season, and chief executive Ed Woodward hasn't been shy in his attempts to haul United back up the Premier League table. First, manager David Moyes lost his job after a dismal stint in charge at Old Trafford, and Netherlands World Cup boss Louis van Gaal was handed the reins.

The Dutchman has since overseen a £150m overhaul of the squad, with Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao arriving this summer. Ajax star Blind worked with van Gaal at this summer's World Cup - and he isn't the only player that van Gaal wanted to reunite with at United.

Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman has been linked incessantly with United all summer - even though they chose not to sign him for £17m from PSV Eindhoven last summer. The 24-year-old moved to Roma, and was a key part of Rudi Garcia's side as they took second place in Serie A. His value has now shot up to around £25m, despite suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury in March - which ruled him out of the Netherlands' World Cup campaign.

Strootman's importance to van Gaal was then demonstrated when he completely changed the look of his side as a result of the injury. Rather than go with a 4-2-1-3 system, van Gaal revolutionised the team with a 3-4-1-2 formation - which he has brought to United with him.

Van Gaal is evidently a huge Strootman fan, and reports have been rife that he's prepared to gamble on Strootman's knees with a £25m bid in January. He's now been handed a huge boost after reports surfaced that Strootman has asked Roma to sell him in the New Year as he looks to push through a move to Old Trafford.

Despite the arrivals of Blind, Di Maria and Herrera, United are still in the market for a midfielder - and whilst they were linked with Arturo Vidal all summer, Strootman could well be their top target.

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