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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Roma put price of €100m on ace Strootman

Chile's Arturo Vidal and Gary Medel. Photo: REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Chile's Arturo Vidal and Gary Medel. Photo: REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Roma coach Rudi Garcia has told Manchester United they will have to stump up €100 million if they want to sign Kevin Strootman.

New United boss Louis van Gaal said last Friday he will monitor Strootman's recovery from a serious knee injury before deciding whether to bid for the Netherlands and Roma midfielder.

Garcia recently vowed that Strootman would remain at Roma this season, but just to make his point perfectly clear, he said on Saturday night that a huge fee would be required for the Italian club to even consider letting the midfielder go.

"What can I say about the rumours (about Strootman joining United)..." Garcia pondered with a smile after Roma's 3-2 defeat to United on Saturday.

"Maybe after a three-digit offer (i.e. 100 million euros), then we will sit down and think about it."

Strootman, who Van Gaal knows well from his time as Holland manager, missed Saturday's game in Denver as he is continuing his recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament injury he sustained in March.

The 24-year-old is making good progress in his rehabilitation, according to his manager.

"Kevin is following a normal recovery programme. He is fine. He will start running soon," Garcia added.

Meanwhile, another United target, Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal (left) will meet with senior club officials on his future with the Italian champions.

United are prepared to offer Vidal a deal worth £250,000 per week, which would make him the third-highest earner at Old Trafford alongside Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.

The Chilean midfielder is reportedly keen to make the switch to Manchester, but is also settled at Juventus and would not rock the boat and risk damaging his reputation among supporters in Turin by forcing through a move.

United are confident, however, that they can offer an attractive financial package to both club and player to facilitate a smooth transaction.

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