Roma Champions League exit boosts Man Utd’s Strootman pursuit

Manchester United’s hopes of signing Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman have been boosted by the Serie A club’s exit from the Champions League, ESPN has reported.

Roma missed out to Bayern Munich and Manchester City, finishing third in Group E after they lost at home to City in the final round of group games, dropping into the Europa League as a result.

United are said to feel they could convince Roma to sell the injury-hit Strootman in January now they won’t be in the Champions League after Christmas. Strootman suffered a serious knee injury last season and missed the World Cup as a result, having previously been part of the Netherlands set-up under current United boss Louis van Gaal.

It’s claimed that Strootman’s injury also prevented a switch to Old Trafford, with the club on his case even before van Gaal’s arrival. A fee of more than £30m has been mooted for the 24-year-old, who returned to action last month.

Strootman has been at Roma since a 2013 move from PSV Eindhoven, having started his career at Sparta Rotterdam. He later played for Utrecht, spending half-a-season with the club before joining PSV. His international debut came in 2011 and to date he has 25 caps for his country.

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