Italian giants warn Man United off of top target

Roma boss Rudi Garcia has played down talk that Kevin Strootman could leave the Italian capital in January to join Manchester United.

The Dutchman is rumoured to be Louis van Gaal’s major target for the coming transfer window, with the Red Devils chief keen to add an orthodox holding midfielder to his ranks.

LVG has coached Strootman at international level, and is known to be a massive fan of the 24-year-old.

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Despite the ex-PSV Eindhoven ace having missed a vast chunk of 2014 with a serious knee injury – which he’s still recovering from – talk of a big money offer next year has been doing the rounds in recent weeks.

And Garcia says that anybody who wants to know about Strootman’s availability will have to talk to Roma’s owner, James Pallotta, who has dismissed reports of an imminent sale recently:

“Strootman for sale? You must speak about this with our president,” he is quoted by Goal.

“But the intention of the club is very clear: Strootman is an important talent for us.

“I want to have him available for the home match against City [on December 10], which will be crucial.

“He is a midfielder of the highest level and we’re waiting for him to return. We hope to have him back soon.”

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