The manager is keen on signing Strootman.
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This summer Manchester United spent £152.3m on new players, with the likes of Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Angel di Maria, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao being bought in.
However, despite this splurge of funds new manager Louis van Gaal is still looking to spend another £25m in the January transfer window and sign AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, according to the Daily Mail.
Van Gaal is a huge admirer of Strootman and knows the 24-year-old well from the time they spent together when the United boss was in charge of the Netherlands national team.
Currently the Dutch international is recovering from a cruciate ligament injury and is not expected back in first team action until November at the earliest – which is why the Red Devils did not make a move for him in the summer.
Roma head coach Rudi Garcia does not want to sell Strootman, although attempts by the Serie A club to sign Adrien Rabiot from Paris Saint-Germain in the recent window suggest they are already resigned to losing him.
When van Gaal was in charge of the Oranje he made the midfield ace a key part of his setup – until the injury – and the player is thought to be keen on a reunion with the 63-year-old at Old Trafford.
AC Milan’s Nigel de Jong, Arturo Vidal of Juventus and Sporting Lisbon ace William Carvalho are also on the shortlist, but have been turned down for a variety of reasons.
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