Kevin Strootman and Louis van Gaal have already “shaken hands” ahead of a summer move to Manchester United, according to respected Dutch journalist Hugo Borst.
The Roma ace has been heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford since LVG’s summer arrival, with the former Oranje coach known to have a great relationship with the player he coached at international level up until a few months ago.
Strootman is currently on the verge of returning to full-fitness following a serious knee injury, which has led to talk of a £30m move to United in January.
And Borst – who recently wrote a book about Van Gaal – says that a deal for the 24-year-old has already been agreed, but it won’t go through until the end of the season:
“In the spring of 2014 there was a match between PSV and Feyenoord,” he told talkSPORT. “Robin van Persie was in the stands, along with Louis van Gaal. On the other side was Kevin Strootman. The pair chatted, this was when people knew Van Gaal was going to Manchester United.
“Van Gaal asked Strootman whether he was interested in playing for Manchester United, and he said he was very willing. They have shaken hands on the deal.
“It won’t be in January but it will be next summer. He is an outstanding player.”
Strootman has only been at Roma for a year and a half, where he developed into one of the Italians’ key men.