One of Louis Van Gaal’s favourites, Strootman is one of Manchester United’s main January transfer targets.
Details have emerged in the Italian media of Roma’s “Anti-United” transfer plan.
The news that Roma will offer the midfielder a new contract broke yesterday, but the details have only emerged today. Calcio Mercato have suggested that the new contract could be worth up to €4m a year, doubling Strootman’s wages and adding an extra year, taking him through to 2019.
The Italian club have been very vocal recently about their desire to keep Strootman, who only signed 18 months ago, and will only consider an offer if it approaches their huge £60 million valuation of the player.
Although Roma’s new contract offer will be very appealing for a player who has only today returned to training and has yet to prove his injury has had no ill-effects, the question remains whether it would be a sufficient “Anti-United” deterrent. The Reds have not shown an aversion to spending big money in recent times.
Strootman was a key part of Van Gaal’s Netherlands team, and it is thought he would relish the chance to link up with the veteran manager again.