Van Gaal to monitor Roma midfielder.
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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed an interest in Roma and Netherlands midfielder Kevin Strootman, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The Dutchman is known to be keen on recruiting a new midfielder this summer, with big names such as Toni Kroos and Arturo Vidal having previously been linked with moves to Old Trafford.
However, Strootman is not likely to be an option for United in this transfer window due to his current injury status, with the former PSV star set to be sidelined for a while longer after recovering from a cruciate ligament problem.
The 24-year-old was also linked with United last summer before eventually signing for Roma, and his impressive displays in Serie A have kept him on the club’s agenda for the future, with van Gaal admitting that he would be keeping an eye on his performances after he makes his comeback from injury.
“I never say anything about individual players … but Strootman I can judge. He is injured for more than six months, though, and we have to wait and see how he comes back,” the Red Devils boss said.
“It is not easy to say how he comes back from injury, but we will wait and see.”
Strootman has 25 caps for the Dutch national team, and van Gaal knows the player well from his time as manager of the Oranje, whom he guided to third place in this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
United have already signed Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao to bolster their midfield options this summer.