Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is an admirer of Strootman…
Manchester United will need to pay in excess of £75m to land Dutch international midfielder Kevin Strootman, after AS Roma owener James Pallotta insisted that the player was not for sale during the January transfer window.
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The midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford and some reports have even suggested that he is Louis van Gaal’s number one target in the new year.
Recently, it has been suggested that Roma maybe open to the sale of Strootman but Pallotta has now moved to quash those reports, as reported by the Daily Mail, who have quoted the £75m landmark.
“It is just not happening,” Roma’s billionaire owner told reporters, “I have told the papers that they should stop wasting paper. We don’t have any interest in selling Kevin.”
Palotta also hinted that United had enquired about the availability of the 24-year-old, who is currently recovering from a serious knee injury that meant he missed out on this summer’s World Cup.
“Obviously as business people when people call us and say ‘we want your player’ you are going to listen to them,” Pallotta added.
“You have to do that, that is the business side. That doesn’t mean you are going to make a decision that [an offer of] £75m, bang you hit the bid. That is not the way it is going to work, it is not the way it does work with us.”
The Red Devils were also heavily linked with a move for Juventus enforcer Arturo Vidal during the summer transfer window, and are expected to continue their search for a central midfielder in January.
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