Talks have taken place over a potential January deal to bring Kevin Strootman to Manchester United, according to The Telegraph’s Jason Burt.
While rumours linking Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal were persistent all summer, there was a general consensus that Strootman was Van Gaal’s first choice when looking at a marquee central midfield signing.
However, Burt suggests early talks with Strootman or his representatives could indicate a January move for the Dutchman.
In his report, Burt said: “Senior sources have already briefed that more money will be committed when the January transfer window opens, with talks understood to have taken place to bring in the Roma and Holland midfielder Kevin Strootman for around £25 million during that time once he has recovered from a cruciate ligament injury.”
Strootman is Van Gaal’s protege. Having already captained Holland aged 24, it was his absence through injury which forced Van Gaal to use a 3-5-2 formation as he was unable to replace Strootman in the side.
Like Vidal, the major concern about any move for Strootman is whether he will fully recover from a knee injury but United have a four month period to see how he progresses before any possible move could take place.