Man United boss still wants Dutch midfielder ahead of £60m Juventus star

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is said to still be keen on the addition of Roma’s Kevin Strootman ahead of Juventus’ Paul Pogba, according to reports from the Manchester Evening News.

The Dutch boss is believed to have cooled his interest in the French midfielder as they are reluctant to join the bidding war with all the interested clubs throughout Europe.

Apart from the Red Devils, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with Pogba.

Van Gaal is still waiting on the fitness of Strootman, after the Netherlands international underwent a number of surgeries ever since the summer to fix a knee ligament problem.

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Should he be deemed fit ahead of the new campaign, it is very likely that the Dutch manager will table a concrete offer to sign him from Roma.

Sources out of Old Trafford insist that the club are not looking to go backwards in their development by signing Pogba, who left United in the summer of 2012.

United are said to be prepared to hand Van Gaal another £150million to improve his squad this summer, with the side already linked with several other world class stars.

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