Manchester United transfer news: £79m offer for Kevin Strootman needed for Roma to 'think about it'

Louis van Gaal is keen on linking up with the Netherlands midfielder at Old Trafford

Manchester United's hopes of signing Kevin Strootman have been dealt a blow after Roma made clear their reluctance to sell the midfielder.

Louis van Gaal revealed earlier in the week that he is monitoring the Netherlands international's recovery from a serious knee injury.

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Should the 24-year-old show signs of timely return to fitness United are expected to make a move - however they have been warned it will have to be a massive offer to even interest the Serie A club in allowing a player who only joined them last summer to leave.

Speaking after Roma's 3-2 defeat to United in the International Champions Cup in Colorado, Roma coach Rudi Garcia made their stance clear.

"What can I say about the rumours (regarding Strootman joining Manchester United)..." Garcia said. "Maybe after a three-digit offer (i.e. 100 million euros - £79m), then we will sit down and think about it."

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Regarding Strootman's recovery from injury Garcia said: "Kevin is following a normal recovery programme. He is fine. He will start running soon."

 

Van Gaal admitted his interest in the former PSV Eindhoven player who has 25 caps for the Netherlands in Friday.

"I never usually say anything about individual players. It is my vision that we talk about a team and not individual players," he said.

"But Strootman I can judge. He is injured for more than six months. We have to wait and see how he comes back. It is not easy to say how he comes back from injury, but we will wait and see."

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