£17 million former Manchester United target '10 times stronger' than Vidal

Roma beat Manchester United to Kevin Strootman's signature this summer.

Manchester United missed out on signing Kevin Strootman over the summer, with the highly rated Dutchman moving to Serie A side Roma instead.

His signing has been a real bright spot for a Roma in a summer where they have cashed in on key players Erik Lamela, Pablo Osvaldo and Marquinhos, raising more than £70 million in the process.

He has helped form a fearsome three-man midfield alongside Daniele de Rossi and Miralem Pjanic, and his one display for the club so far in Serie A, a 3-0 win over Verona attracted rave reviews.

He had four efforts on goal during the match, completing 94 per cent of his passes, and led the team with six tackles in an all action display. It's no wonder he was previously dubbed the 'Dutch Roy Keane.'

His performance has seen him compared with another giant of Serie A, Arturo Vidal of Juventus, arguably the most complete midfielder in the league.

And former Roma defender Vincent Candela believes Strootman has the capability to be even better, and is even better now.

Speaking to Italian radio station Radio Mana Mana, the Frenchman said: "Vidal? A great midfielder but I prefer Strootman. (The) Dutchman is ten times stronger."

That's quite some level on hype being place on the new Roma man, especially after one game.

Chilean midfielder Vidal was voted Juventus' player of the year last season and has been instrumental in them winning back-to-back Scudetto's. His 15 goals netted from midfield were a vital contribution along with his tough tackling style.

When Real Madrid came hunting earlier in the summer, Juventus quoted a £50 million price tag on his head, and Vidal is currently negotiating a new improved contract at the club.

Its fair to say if Strootman can get anywhere near Vidal's level of consistency and output, and success levels, then the £17 million Roma spent on him will begin to look like a bargain, and make teams to shied from paying PSV's asking price like Manchester United regret their inaction.

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