United target could be Bernabeu-bound this January.
In what could be a major blow for Manchester United, Real Madrid are ready to make AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman their top target in the January transfer window.
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The Spanish giants are on the lookout for a long-term replacement for Xabi Alonso after allowing him to join Bayern Munich this summer, and according to Fichajes.net, Strootman has emerged as the best candidate.
Carlo Ancelotti is a big fan of the £30m-rated Dutchman, who was linked several times with United this summer and last year, though he continues to elude the Red Devils.
Real have a good record of getting the players they want, and may now be the favourites to sign the talented 24-year-old.