Newly appointed Man United boss Louis van Gaal has recently stated that he was going to build his squad around Kevin Strootman, but may now have to hold his offer until January with the player currently nursing an injury, Daily Mail reports.

The 24-year-old is now believed to be at the top of the Dutch manager’s transfer list but because he won’t be fit until November with a knee problem, United look to put the pursuit on hold.

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Van Gaal, however, fears that Roma would increase his price tag from the proposed £25 million up to £30 million should the Red Devils wait for him to return to full fitness.

If he does make the switch, the side will then need to pay his weekly wages of £120,000 a week despite him being unable to take part in any of the action.

The club believe it’s in everyone’s best interest if Strootman has time to recover with his current side before considering another move for the player.

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