Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is considering a January move for Roma’s Kevin Strooman, with Real Madrid wantaway Sami Khedira another option.
Louis van Gaal has been forthright in expressing his preference for Dutch players since taking the hot seat at Old Trafford, considering them to be the best value buys. He has already bagged compatriot Daley Blind and was linked to a host of other Dutch stars, Roma’s Kevin Strooman being chief among them.
His potential move to Manchester has been the subject of press speculation which seems to carry on unabated despite the closure of the transfer window in September. The move has now come a step closer according to the Express in the light of comments made by Roma boss Rudi Garcia, where he admitted that he does not have much of a say in the matter. Asked directly about Strooman the Frenchman replied:
“Is Strootman for sale? You’ll have to ask our president. But the intention of the club is very clear: Strootman is an important player for us and I hope he is available for the home game against City on 10th December, which is a crucial match.”
The Dutch midfield dynamo, who might add the steel that has been lacking in United’s recent performances, would be available for a fee of around £30 million. Doubts persist about Strooman’s fitness however, he has been sidelined since March with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
If Strootman shows he is back to full fitness the Red Devils boss will surely be tempted to reach for the chequebook in the January window.
Another possibility for the defensive midfield berth is Real Madrid player Sami Khedira. While as previously mentioned van Gaal does prefer his compatriots the famous Dutch quality of thriftiness might come into play here as the German could be available for a knock down price of £10 million, according to the Star.
The German had been heavily linked with a move to either Chelsea and Arsenal over the summer but nothing came of it, with the player’s extravagant wage demands rumoured to have been a major stumbling block. Khedira’s contract at Real Madrid runs out next summer so the La Liga outfit will be desperate to offload him in January to avoid losing him on a free.
The price quoted to potential suitors over the summer was in excess of £20 million but now Madrid are desperate, and will accept half that. However while any buyer would save big time on the transfer fee, the catch would be the sky high weekly paycheque needed to secure the German’s services.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.