According to Sky Sports Italia, Roma’s Kevin Strootman is set to complete a transfer to Marseille soon.
The Dutch midfielder is set to leave the Italian capital club after five full seasons of service to Roma. The 28-year-old now looks to be on the verge of a move to Ligue 1 to join last season’s Europa League finalists, Marseille.
The deep-lying midfielder undoubtedly has the quality to make himself a real asset to his new club.
The fact that the Dutch international was available this summer may cause many Premier League sides to regret not having moved for his signature whilst the transfer window remained open to English clubs.
Everton, in particular, who secured the services of Andre Gomes on loan this summer, would have been wise to pursue Strootman over the Barcelona flop.
The Toffees could very much have done with a player of Strootman’s ability being added to their midfield. Morgan Schneiderlin has struggled for consistency since his arrival at Goodison Park, whilst Gomes may never rediscover the form he showed prior to his big move to Barcelona.
The 25-year-old midfielder was a classy operator in his Valencia days, but after his switch to the Camp Nou his confidence and the standard of his performances nosedived. By the end of last season, his place in the Barca squad had become virtually untenable.
There is no guarantee that things will improve for the Portuguese international on Merseyside. Strootman, though, is a far more convincing quantity who could be relied upon to translate his strong performances to the English top flight.
As the season goes on, Marco Silva may soon come to wish he’d opted for a swoop for Strootman instead of his Gomes gamble.