Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has reportedly asked Louis van Gaal to consider a cheaper alternative to Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman.
Strootman was thought to be a priority transfer target for United but a combination of summer spending and indications from Roma that he won’t be allowed to leave cheaply, have seemingly prompted United to consider other options.
“Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has asked the club's manager to put forward a cheaper alternative to Strootman with Roma likely to demand over £30 million for a player who has yet to make his comeback from the cruciate knee ligament injury he sustained in March,” reports Goal.
The possible alternative name doing the rounds in the press is that of Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira.
Khedira is no less than Strootman in terms of quality, but his fee could be much cheaper with his contract due to expire at the end of this season.
If he makes it clear that he’s not going to sign on the dotted line of a new contract, which would allow Florentino Perez to smile in front of the cameras, Real will have no choice but to sell the German or watch him walk away from free when his deal runs down.
There have been reports that United’s summer spending wouldn’t impact their business this coming January but in this case it seems to be having a direct impact on apparent plans.
The main problem United fans if their interest in Khedira over Strootman is accurate, is the interest of Premier League rivals who tried to get him earlier in the year.
Arsenal were thought to be close on a deal with his wages the only thing putting Arsene Wenger off of completing a deal.
Strootman seemingly remains the ultimate target because van Gaal knows he can be a productive player in the way he likes to play football, but the World Cup winner is nit a bad alternative by any means.