Manchester United Transfer News: Kevin Strootman's Agent Denies Red Devils Link

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistSeptember 5, 2014

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 04:  Injured Netherlands player, Kevin Strootman watches the action during the International Friendly match between The Netherlands and Wales at Amsterdam Arena on June 4, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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The agent of Kevin Strootman has attempted to quash all talk of a potential move to Manchester United, insisting his client remains focused on all matters Roma for the time being.

Despite the summer transfer window having only just come to a close, a winter move for the Giallorossi star is already under intense speculation, but Fabio Parisi is quoted by the Daily Mirror's Ben Burrows as denying such claims:

ROME, ITALY - JANUARY 18:  Kevin Strootman with his teammate Dodo #3 of AS Roma celebrates after scoring the second team's goal during the Serie A match between AS Roma and AS Livorno Calcio at Stadio Olimpico on January 18, 2014 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo b
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"There is no kind of interest on Strootman. He is recovering from his injury and will be available soon to contribute to Roma's cause. For the rest, I say that is just talk and there is nothing. It's all just speculation from England."

Strootman is thought to rank highly on Louis van Gaal's list of priorities, having worked with the anchorman during his second spell at the helm of the Dutch national team.

Injury prevented the 24-year-old from playing a part in this summer's £150 million transfer splurge, but the Red Devils aren't afraid to shed further funds in their pursuit of a club revival.

According to The Independent's Ian Herbert, Manchester United's commercial revenues and decreasing interest fees would allow them to spend £100 million on transfers each year and still fall within financial prudence.

However, beIN Sports' Serie A reporter Tancredi Palmeri hints that Strootman wouldn't be allowed to leave Rome halfway through the 2014-15 campaign as such a highly rated piece of Rudi Garcia's line-up:

Herbert also writes that £25 million is the fee it would take to lure Strootman from the Stadio Olimpico, although Garcia has stated otherwise in the past.

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In July, when asked whether there was any truth to the rumours that United were looking to sign his midfield marvel, Garcia said to reporters (via Football Italia), replying: "He’s on the road to a full recovery. A possible sale to Manchester United? What can I say to these rumours? For over €100m we can sit around a table and think about it."


Of course, the manager's words are to be taken with a pinch of salt, and Garcia would by no means have final say on the matter, but it illustrates just how essential Strootman is to his plans. crunches the midfielder's playmaking numbers from the 2013-14 season:

United's recent expenditures, including moves for Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and the loan of Radamel Falcao, shows just how intent the Red Devils are to return to the top.

If money being spent in extreme sums is what's required to realise that goal, it would appear the club are all too willing.

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For now, though, Strootman's case will depend on his return to fitness and how the campaigns of Manchester United and Roma progress in the months to come.

Several transfers this summer taught us not to rule out eventualities that at one point or another may have seemed impossible, and a Strootman/Van Gaal reunion could be the next move to battle the odds.