Roma have once again made it very clear that they will not sale Kevin Strootman to Manchester United or to any other club. Last week, Daily Mirror reported that Strootman had set his heart upon joining United and even changed his agent in order to facilitate a move to Old Trafford either in January or next summer.
Strootman suffered a knee injury in March that ruled in out of transfer market in summer. He is on the verge of recovery, however, and could start playing as early in December.
Roma (despite losing to Juventus) are one of the strong challengers for the Scudetto this season, and Strootman is likely to play a major role for them when he returns from injury. Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reported last week that Roma could be tempted to sell, only if Manchester United put up an offer around £60m for the Dutch midfielder, who is also a reported target of Real Madrid.
James Pallotta, the Roma owner, has once again made it clear that Kevin Strootman will not be sold to Manchester United.
“It is just not happening,” Roma’s billionaire owner told BBC Sport at the Leaders in Football Conference.
“I have told the papers that they should stop wasting paper. We don’t have any interest in selling Kevin.”
He says that if United want to discuss about his transfer, they would be courteous to listen to it, but even a €80m bid won’t be enough to price him away from Roma.
“If United wants to talk, we will sit down and listen to them. Yet even with a bid of €80 million, we will not agree,” he added.
Roma are financially in a strong position having sold Mehdi Benatia to Bayern Munich in the summer. United will have to look elsewhere if they want to sign a central midfielder. Arturo Vidal, anyone?