Often referred to as ‘the Dutch Roy Keane’, Kevin Strootman is the tough-tackling, dynamic midfielder Manchester United should have signed last summer over £28million flop Marouane Fellaini.
The former PSV star joined Roma instead in a €17million deal, and his talismanic performances since have seen Giallorossi secure a runner-up finish in Serie A, equating to their strongest domestic campaign since 2010.
Along the way, the 24 year-old has claimed five goals and six assists in 25 league outings, with his campaign unfortunately cut short due to injury. But Strootman’s utility to the Red Devils in a box-to-box capacity is better represented by his averages of 3.3 tackles and 1.9 key passes per match this season.
Furthermore, having worked closely with Louis van Gaal via the Oranje set-up over the last few years, with the Carrington-bound gaffer even issuing him the captain’s armband on occasion, it’s believed he views the 25-cap Netherlands international as his ideal on-pitch general.
The Express even allege that United have already tabled a £25million offer, doubling Roma’s original investment in the combative-yet-creative midfielder. But having only joined the Stadio Olyimpico ranks last summer, the Italian side feel they deserve more for Strootman’s services.