Just when Manchester United fans were casting their minds off a possible move on Kevin Strootman, Goal has reported that the Dutchman has handed in a transfer request and should Louis van Gaal reignite his interest to sign the 24-year-old, then Kevin could be his for the taking. It is no longer news that the manager admires the midfielder, in fact the admiration is such that after Strootman was ruled out of the recently concluded World Cup in Brazil, Louis van Gaal was reported to have said “we are one world class midfielder short” and consequently, the boss redesigned his formation into a 3-5-2 to shore up the midfield.
At this point, Kevin Strootman’s Italian employers Roma are doing quite well on the home front at least better than Louis van Gaal’s side but with the reports from Goal, the player appear to be ready to sacrifice Champions League football in order to reunite with his former boss at the national front. His arrival will surely give Manchester United a massive boost especially since most teams get so weak by January and when you have Kevin Strootman to partner with Ander Herrera and Daley Blind in your midfield, then you may just have solved more than half of the issues in the team.
With Michael Carrick and Daren Fletcher playing out what might be their last effective season at the club and Oliveira Anderson seems to be non-existent, there is the need to get one more reliable midfielder to help Daley Blind out in the midfield. At present, the club has very few natural midfielders who can still play at their best for few more years. There is Ander Herrera, who is only 25-years old, Daley Blind who is about the same age as Strootman and then the in-form Marouane Fellaini whose performance of recent would have made Louis van Gaal bite his thumb continuously if the Belgian had moved to Napoli last summer. The only candidate around with that kind of résumé is Kevin Strootman. Arturo Vidal also fits the bill but his recurrent knee injury seems to be a bit worse than that of Strootman and more so, the Chilean at almost 28-years already overshoots the 26-year cap that Louis van Gaal wants for his new recruits.
It is not certain how much Roma will want for Strootman, but whatever they demand will not deter the Old Trafford giants especially when you consider the statements of the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, where he described the financial reach of the club as limitless, if you don’t believe him then how many clubs expended £150m on transfers alone in the summer? As per his wage structure, the Rome based club have him on a £25,000/week deal and trust me, with the desperation that the club is now known for when it comes to transfers coupled with the manager’s poise to sign him last summer, even though reports claim the midfielder wants to triple his wage deal, trust me Manchester United can offer him a lot higher than that.