Roma’s exit from the Champions League last night could hand Manchester United a massive boost in their chase for talented midfielder Kevin Strootman.
Strootman has been a long term target for the Old Trafford club, with Louis van Gaal particularly keen to bring him in during the summer.
However, a deal was never struck between the two sides, with Man Utd particularly reticent to spend significant sums on a player who had not proven his fitness.
However, Roma’s exit at the hands of Manchester City last night means that Strootman may look elsewhere to continue his return to fitness, with Man Utd the likely option, according to the Independent.
Van Gaal is known to be a considerable fan of Strootman.
He heavily involved him with his Netherlands side in the buildup to qualification for the summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
In fact, Strootman’s injury towards the end of last season saw Van Gaal completely rejig his formation ahead of the World Cup, switching to the 3-5-2 he has used to limited success at Man Utd.