Transfer Balls: Manchester United Will Buy Kevin Strootman When Old Trafford Freezes Over
TRANSFER Balls: A quick look at Manchester United and Kevin Strootman:
June 4, The Guardian: “Manchester United make Kevin Strootman a £30m January target”
Louis van Gaal has made Kevin Strootman a £30m January target for Manchester United – and the midfielder would be open to the move should Roma consider it, although there is yet to be any official contact between the clubs.
So. This news is based on what?
The Dutchman is recovering from a serious knee injury that has ruled him out of Van Gaal’s Holland squad for the World Cup in Brazil, with the 24-year-old not expected to play again until the autumn. While Strootman is content at Roma and has four years left on the contract he signed last summer…
Are there any facts to support this rather odd story about a player whose happy at his club arriving in Manchester next winter?
Strootman’s agent, Chiel Dekker, insisted that only if Roma were minded to sell would the transfer occur.
Well, d’uh. He is contracted to play for them. Roma would need to be involved. Yes.
Dekker admitted Strootman, who has been injured since March, might be of interest to Van Gaal in the future.
That definite £30m bid is now “might be interested…in the future”?
“Roma do not want to sell. The first thing is it’s all between the clubs. And it’s also a very difficult decision because he has to choose between a fantastic club in Rome, a club that bought him and supported him while he was injured and [then] you have his personal coach of the national team at United.”
He has to choose..? Why? United have made no offer. All we hear is an agent talking in public. And that agent adds:
“He’s very happy at Rome, he’s happy to stay because they play Champions League next season and happy to recover [from] his injury, so at this stage we are not part of any discussion.”
So. About that £30m transfer..? Discuss.