Man United told to forget about top January target

Manchester United have been dealt an early set-back ahead of their January transfer business, with Roma chief Walter Sabatini ruled out the sale of Kevin Strootman.

The Red Devils are rumoured to be eyeing the Dutch international ahead of the winter window, with Louis van Gaal set to continue his mega spend in 2015.

A Defensive midfielder was the major addition the Old Trafford boss failed to land – albeit Daley Blind can fill the void even though he’s known as a left-back – and Strootman is said to be the player he wants.

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The 24-year-old is currently out of action with a knee injury picked up last season, but reports have suggested that United will make a serious move for him in January.

However, Roma’s sporting director, Sabatini, says that Strootman remains a key member of his club’s XI, and that he will not be sold:

“He’ll be our big mid-season signing [when he returns from injury]. We’ve had to make do without a magnificent footballer these last few months.

“How much is Strootman worth? There’s no price for him because he’s not for sale”

Strootman has worked under LVG at international level and is considered to be a favourite of the experienced gaffer.

United are also still watching Arturo Vidal of Juventus.