Recent reports suggests that Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal remains ‘confident’ of bringing Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman to the club, even as Roma’s hierarchy continue to insist that he is not for sale.
The Dutchman believes he will be able to sign his compatriot once he has returned to full fitness following the knee injury that kept him out of Van Gaal’s World Cup squad, claims the Daily Telegraph.
But when the United boss is able to get his man could depend on his performance against their local rivals Manchester City in tonight’s Champions League decider.
The report suggests that a strong showing from the 24-year-old against the Premier League champions will convince the Red Devils that Strootman is getting back to his best and make the deal even more likely.
But if Strootman’s display helps his team to such an extent that Roma progress in the tournament at City’s expense, that would blow United’s hopes of signing the box-to-box midfielder in the January transfer window completely out of the water.