James Palotta says neither player is for sale, but admits a silly bid could always get accepted.
Manchester United have long been linked with the potential signature of Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman. Now Liverpool are being linked with their Bosnian star Miralem Pjanic. Today, Roma president James Palotta has addressed both rumours in discussion with Bleacher Report.
United were linked with Strootman whilst Sir Alex Ferguson was boss and now his former national team coach Louis van Gaal is in charge those rumours have remained. In December The Mirror reported that Manchester United were 'closing in' on a £32 million deal for Strootman.
As for Pjanic, Liverpool have been linked since the departure of club captain Steven Gerrard was confirmed. The Express claimed Liverpool were ready to spend £23.5 million on his services.
But Palotta, who is never one to mince his words, told Bleacher Report that the rumours annoy him and that the pair are currently going nowhere:
“I do get annoyed. I think the papers have finally given up on the Strootman thing, because Kevin's come out and addressed it, saying he likes it in Italy and he has a five-year contract. And by the way, I wasn't going to sell him anyway!"
"The Liverpool thing with Pjanic is the same. We have another four years with him, and we love him."
However he did give some hope of a future deal. He admitted that if a silly offer comes in for one of their players, they will have to consider it:
"My view is that I don't want Kevin to go, for example, but if someone offers a huge amount, you at least have to listen to them. You're running a team, so you have to look at what's best for everyone, not just one individual. That's the way the world works."
So if either Manchester United or Liverpool are prepared to break the bank, then Strootman or Pjanic could be theirs. But the bottom line is, Roma's president has made it clear that neither are up for sale.