It’s no secret that Louis van Gaal is tracking Netherlands vice-captain Kevin Strootman; he’s been continually linked with the Roma star since taking the Old Trafford hot seat, and admitted his interest during Manchester United’s pre-season tour:
The 24 year-old has emerged as one of Serie A’s most dominant forces since joining Giallorossi from PSV last summer, claiming five goals and six assists in 25 league outings. This wonder-strike in the Coppa Italia also stood out:
But the Oranje international’s utility to the Red Devils in a box-to-box capacity is better represented by the impressive statistics below…
Often referred to as the Dutch Roy Keane and a firm favourite of van Gaal, a Manchester United switch appears to be the next logical step in Strootman’s career.
But sidelined with an injury that saw him miss the World Cup until at least November, it’s believed the Red Devils boss will wait until the January window to get his man:
Meanwhile, Roma, who are understandably reluctant to sell after only signing the tenacious midfielder last summer, have slapped Stootman with a £79million price-tag!