Kevin Strootman to Manchester United is ‘just not happening’. That’s the message from AS Roma president James Pallotta.
‘It is just not happening’, he said. ‘I have told the papers that they should stop wasting paper. We don't have any interest in selling Kevin.
‘Obviously as business people when people call us and say 'we want your player' you are going to listen to them. You have to do that - that is the business side.
That doesn't mean you are going to make a decision that [an offer of] £75m, bang you hit the bid. That is not the way it is going to work, it is not the way it does work with us’.
Roma have always been strong on their stance that they will not sell Strootman at any price, and Pallotta’s latest comments only reinforce that.
Strootman is one of the best midfielders in the world and has worked with United manager Louis van Gaal at the Netherlands national team.
The 24-year-old is currently on the sidelines with a serious knee injury that he suffered back in March, but there have still been reports that the Red Devils will look to sign him in January.
However, given that Roma are challenging for the Scudetto in Serie A and will hope to progress far into the Champions League, it is indeed very unlikely that they will let go of Strootman in January.