Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is ready to push forward plans to snap up Roma’s Kevin Strootman this summer if a deal for Arturo Vidal cannot be agreed, according to reports from the Daily Star.
The Red Devils are rumoured to be desperately attempting to thrash out a deal with Juventus for the Chilean, but negotiations have been slow.
Their efforts may even prove to be unsuccessful – despite talk that a contract with the 27-year-old has been agreed – with the Old Lady’s deadline for a deal having passed last week and various figures from with the Turin club haven taken to the press to distance themselves from the transfer.
If a deal is ultimately undoable, LVG is keen to accelerate plans to get Strootman to Old Trafford.
The Netherlands international is currently expected to be out of action for another few months due to a knee injury – which ruled him out of the World Cup – which has led to speculation that United will hold off until January to mount a move with van Gaal a massive fan of his compatriot.
But getting on board and nursing him back to full fitness early is seen as a good option, with the Red Devils desperate to get a marquee buy through the door in a bid to quell fan unrest and avid competition for the enforcer.
Roma are not open to the idea of selling, but with how well the 24-year-old will recover from his problems they may be tempted by bids of over £20m.