Report: PSG to thwart United's January plans; payback for di Maria?

Jedvaj Hazard Strootman

Paris Saint-Germain linked with Manchester United's top target Kevin Strootman just one month after the club lured Angel di Maria from Real Madrid to M16.

Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with a move for Manchester United's priority midfield target Kevin Strootman of AS Roma, according to Le 10 Sport and could "facilitate the move" by including Adrien Rabiot into the prospective deal.

Louis van Gaal had been linked with Strootman throughout the summer and appeared to be unperturbed by Roma "slapping" a £79 million price-tag on the Dutch 24-year-old.

Manchester United adopted an aggressive recruitment policy during the transfer window and successfully negotiated the transfers of approximately £150 million worth of talent, with move expected to arrive in the subsequent market in the middle of the season.

Should Roma, who have expressed interest in Rabiot before, be tempted to deal with PSG then United would stand to lose out on one of the key players on their shortlist of candidates.

If such a move transpired then PSG would not likely offer any sympathy, regardless of knowing exactly how Manchester United would be feeling, as the Parisians courted the idea of acquiring listed attacker Angel di Maria earlier this year but could be compliant with Financial Fair Play regulations if they offset the di Maria purchase by selling one of their own players first. The Argentine ended up transferring to Old Trafford.

The asking price for Strootman has seemingly been reduced in recent months, to a more sensible £25 million, yet PSG could knock even more off of that price by including Rabiot as a makeweight.

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