Louis van Gaal wants Kevin Strootman in January

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will demand that his club sign AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman this month.

ESPN’s Miguel Delaney believes that van Gaal wants his former player to become part of his team this month despite the midfielder struggling for form since returning from a lengthy injury absence.

Louis van Gaal wants Kevin Strootman to happen this window,” Delaney said today.

“Man United will have to pay big money, but Van Gaal definitely wants it to happen.”

Strootman suffered a knee injury last season which curtailed his campaign and also meant he missed Holland’s World Cup campaign and gave van Gaal a headache.

It is testament to Strootman’s quality that Van Gaal changed his entire system in the 24-year-old’s absence and the manager appears determined to link-up with him again this month.

Roma have stood firm on rumours Strootman will leave the club since the midfielder returned from injury in November but sources close to the player believe he is determined to rejoin van Gaal at Old Trafford.

Despite Roma’s insistence Strootman is key to their plans, a big offer from United this month and the fact the Serie A side are out of the Champions League may see the Dutchman arrive at Old Trafford earlier than expected, whilst some believe a deal is already done.

At this stage, there is lots of noise coming out of all corners regarding United’s move from Strootman and although it will be difficult to sign Strootman in January, there is a strong suggestion Van Gaal would like to make it happen.

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