Goal.com claims Manchester United officials believe that Roma’s public statements of Kevin Strootman are nothing more than a bargaining tool.
The Dutchman is thought to be a key transfer target for Louis van Gaal this winter, with Goal also claiming that Strootman has told the Serie A side that he wants to move to Old Trafford.
“United bosses are ready to test Roma’s resolve and feel that the public declarations from the Serie A club have been have been used as a negotiating tactic,” reports Goal.
“Strootman is keen to be reunited with former Netherlands coach Van Gaal and is aware that the 20-time English champions would more than treble his £25,000-a-week salary.”
United have been linked with signing another midfielder this winter as LvG seems to seek a bit of extra bite and aggression in the middle of his team.
Strootman is just one of several individuals to have been linked with United, with other targets such as Sami Khedira of Real Madrid and Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund also touted as possibilities on a consistent basis.
“Van Gaal told United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward not to pursue other midfield targets such as Arturo Vidal during the summer as he wanted to keep track of Strootman’s return to fitness.”
Strootman would have more than likely have been a key part of the Netherlands World Cup squad, which LvG took to Brazil but injury before the end of last season ruled him out of the tournament, as he also missed the start of the current campaign.
LvG was criticised for not signing another midfielder in the summer and it may well have been the case that he was simply holding out for Strootman as the chances of him moving to United now appear to be a little more realistic.