Manchester United have reportedly agreed a deal with Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman to bring him to Old Trafford next summer, as reported by the Daily Star.
Hugo Borst, a Dutch journalist who has close ties to Louis van Gaal, the Man Utd boss, has revealed that a handshake agreement occurred between the manager and player last season.
Borst has recently published a book about the former Netherlands coach titled ‘O, Louis’.
The journalist has explained that Strootman and Van Gaal agreed on a transfer during a game between PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord last spring.
Borst said: “In the spring of 2014 there was a match between PSV and Feyenoord.
“Robin van Persie was in the stands, along with Louis van Gaal. On the other side was Kevin Strootman. The pair chatted, this was when people knew Van Gaal was going to Manchester United.
Strootman has been continuously linked with a switch to Man Utd since the appointment of Van Gaal, who clearly considers him to be one of the better midfielders in the world.
The former Barcelona boss rejigged his entire formation heading into the summer World Cup after the injury suffered by Strootman that continues to keep him out of action.
Man Utd now have to agree a deal with Roma, who are thought to value him at around £30 million.