Huge offer needed for Strootman, Roma tell Man Utd

Manchester United have been advised it would take a substantial offer to tempt Roma into selling midfielder Kevin Strootman, ESPN have reported.

Roma President James Pallotta told an interview with Bleacher Report that the club is determined to keep hold of the Netherlands international, who has for a long time been linked with a move to United which would see him reunited with former Netherlands Coach Louis van Gaal.

“My view is that I don’t want Kevin to go, for example, but if someone offers a huge amount, you at leave have to listen to them,” Pallotta conceded. “We want to put the best team on the pitch, that’s the most important thing. But we’re businessmen. If someone comes in with a stupid number for a player, you have to listen to it. You can’t just say ‘no, no matter what.’”

Strootman moved to Serie A in 2013, joining the capital club from PSV Eindhoven, having also represented Sparta Rotterdam and FC Utrecht. Strootman however suffered a serious knee injury in March 2014, ruling him out of that summer’s World Cup, at which the Dutch team, under van Gaal, finished fourth.

Pallotta added that the speculation regarding Strootman appears to have died down after the player distanced himself from the gossip, and Pallotta also insisted that with Strootman under a five-year contract, his departure was never very likely anyway.

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