Italians rubbish Man United & Liverpool speculation

Roma president James Pallotta has moved to rubbish suggestions that Manchester United and Liverpool targets Kevin Strootman and Miralem Pjanic will be sold this month, according to reports from the Daily Star.

The Premier League pair are rumoured to be keen on the Netherlands and Bosnia & Herzegovina midfield duo as they both seek reinforcements.

United have been linked with a £32m offer for Strootman, while Liverpool’s interest in Pjanic has led to talk of a £23m raid.

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The duo were both key performers as the Giallorossi impressed in Serie A last season and booked a return to Champions League action, and Pallotta says that there’s no chance the pair will be leaving:

“Kevin’s come out and addressed it, saying he likes it in Italy and he has a five-year contract. And by the way, I wasn’t going to sell him anyway!” He is quoted by the newspaper.

“The Liverpool thing with Pjanic is the same. We have another four years with him, and we love him.”

Strootman worked with United chief Louis van Gaal in the Netherlands international set-up, but missed the World Cup due to injury.

Pjanic, a former Lyon player, has been lauded for his range of passing and set-piece prowess in the past.


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