Kevin Strootman will not be joining Manchester United in January despite rumours that a £32m deal is all but done, according to Roma president James Pallotta.
Speculation surfaced earlier today suggesting that an agreement for the Dutch star to switch to Old Trafford next month was on the verge of being signed off, with Louis van Gaal known to be a massive fan of the player he coached in the Oranje set-up.
LVG has been linked with moves for the 24-year-old since taking over at United, despite the midfield enforcer having missed much 2014 – including the World Cup – with a serious knee injury.
Many reports had hinted that a deal for Strootman to become a Red Devil would have to wait until at least the end of the season due to his fitness, but a return to action has pushed talk forward.
Yet Pallotta – Roma’s American president – is adamant that there is no agreement, and that he expects the ex-PSV Eindhoven man to stay and help them fight for Serie A success:
“Strootman will not go to Manchester United.” He is quoted by The Express.
“We would be first in the league were it not for the injuries to Castan and Strootman.
“I think we’re a team of Scudetto and Champions League quality.
“Jose Holebas and Kostas Manolas are integrating well and we are firmly convinced that we will fight for the Champions League [next season].”