Reports in the media today have indicated that Manchester United’s long term target Kevin Strootman is being offered a contract extension at Roma. This news will be of great concern to the top echelons at Old Trafford as they have been hoping that by January, they would swoop on the midfielder.
ManchesterUnited’swoes in the midfield are well documented this season with most of their more seasoned players still battling with either injuries or a dip in form. Louis van Gaal has such respect for Strootman’s game style that he resolved to wait till his attains fitness by January before he makes an offer. Rumours even have it that the Dutchman decided to ignore the chance to acquire Arturo Vidal and De Jong this summer and instead went on to sign fellow country man Daley Blind in the defensive midfield position.
Another advantage that Manchester United will not want to miss out on is the midfielder’s age. Since his arrival at Old Trafford, Louis van Gaal has made sure to sign players that aren’t above the 26 year mark with the exception of RadamelFalcao, who technically does not belong to the Old Trafford outfit. The reason behind this policy is that the new manager wants to rebuild the team with a crop of versatile but young players who can propel Manchester United back to its glory days and sustain the ascent.
Kevin Strootman is just returning from a serious knee injury that cut short his campaign last season and even ruled him out of the World Cup at Brazil, but the Dutch international posted picture of himself in training on social media site Twitter and also a line ‘Nice feeling to do some work with the team today’
Now that the 24-year-old Strootman who joined Roma in July 2013 from Dutch outfit PSV for 17m Euros is returning to training, many pundits will be waiting to see the reaction of Manchester United. With the 1.7m Euros/year deal that the Rome based club are offering, Manchester United’s only play is to fork out the £40m price tag on the midfielder and tempt him with a juicy offer when discussing personal terms because the other options such as Arturo Vidal has a recurring knee injury and costs almost the same fee. More so the Juventus midfielder is also 27 years which rules him out of the Louis van Gaal’s age bracket.
Manchester United can also rely on the warm relationship between van Gaal and the midfielder to help in convincing their target to make the switch, and more so, the midfielder might even be eyeing the move with two of his countrymen presently plying their trade at Manchester.