Have Manchester City just pushed Strootman to United?

It is being suggested that Manchester City's win over Roma may have the side-effect of allowing Manchester United to sign Kevin Strootman.

Manchester City's Champions League triumph over Roma last night may have handed rivals Manchester United a boost in their transfer activity.

United have made little secret of their desire to land Roma's Dutch midfield star Kevin Strootman, who has a close relationship with former Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal.

Strootman is only just returning from a knee ligament injury that ended his 2013-14 season prematurely and ruled him out of the World Cup.

Roma have made it clear that they don't intend to sell the 24-year-old, but their exit from the Champions League may force them to re-evaluate their transfer strategy.

The Independent claimed yesterday that if Man City were to knock Roma out of Europe, the Serie A side would have to listen to United's offer for Strootman in January.

It has been suggested that Roma want as much as £80 million for the midfielder, but it seems highly unlikely that such a sum would be offered.

Van Gaal may be reluctant to break the bank until he is certain of Strootman's full recovery and even then it is more likely that a offer of around £35 million would be presented.

The desire of the player may prove crucial and Strootman may well be tempted by the possibility of playing under van Gaal and in the Premier League where he could expect a sizeable salary hike.

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