The Dutchman looks odds on to be David Moyes’ successor at Old Trafford, with rumours from his homeland having suggested that a deal is all but sealed.
As a result, the experienced ex-Bayern Munich, Ajax and Barcelona coach is already scouring the market for additions to his potential squad, with a rumoured £150m+ budget at his disposal.
His compatriot Strootman is believed to be a top target, with sealing the gaping hole in the middle of United’s midfield a pressing concern.
The 24-year-old was rumoured to be on Moyes’ radar last year, yet he slipped out of the club’s grasp as he signed for Roma.
The enforcer impressed in the Italian capital before suffering a knee injury that has ruled him out of van Gaal’s Oranje World Cup squad, but that hasn’t deterred him from making enquiries ahead of a possible move for his services.
Roma are likely to be unwilling to let their man leave, but the lure of helping to rebuild United could be decisive.
Strootman cost £16m 12 months ago, so a fee of over £20m may be needed if van Gaal is to get his man.