Kevin Strootman may have been on the sidelines since March, but that has not stopped reports claiming that Manchester United are interested in him.
The AS Roma star is one of the best midfielders in Europe and has worked with Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal at the Netherlands national team.
The 24-year-old is still some time away from returning to full fitness, but there are already suggestions that United could make a move for the Dutchman in the January transfer window.
Signed from PSV in the summer of 2013 for a reported transfer fee of €17 million, Strootman could cost United over double that.
But Roma are unwilling to enter any negotiations over the former Utrecht star, a stance maintained by coach Rudi Garcia on Tuesday.
After Roma’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the Champions League, the Frenchman was asked if Strootman could be sold.
‘You’ll have to ask the [Roma] president but I think he’s already answered it’, was Garcia’s reply, according to The Guardian.
Last week Roma president James Pallotta had made it clear that Strootman is ‘not for sale’, but it seems that speculation on the midfielder’s future simply does not go away.