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LOUIS van Gaal has been told he can splash the cash in January and he may well be able to move for his top target, Kevin Strootman, who is approaching full fitness again.

Strootman suffered cruciate ligament damage for Roma against Napoli in March and missed out on Holland's World Cup in Brazil.

During qualifying for the finals Strootman was an ever present midfield linchpin in van Gaal's Dutch team and his fitness has been improving steadily in recent weeks to the point where Roma have arranged a 'B' fixture this weekend to fully test his recovery.

Van Gaal claimed during Manchester United's tour in America this summer that Strootman was on transfer his list and that he would monitor his rehab with a view to a New Year bid.

However, he will have to pay serious money to get his man given the fact that Roma coach Rudi Garcia hasa lready said that Strootman is not for sale for anything less than a three digit sum which was assumed at the time to mean well over €100m.

The issue is further complicated by the fact that Roma are still campaigning in the Champions League and are just three points behind Juventus at the top of Serie A

Van Gaal and Manchester United have been named in a string of possible deals but with the news emanating from Old Trafford that he is not keen to dive in and make rash signings in January, it is unlikely that any of these will come to fruition.

But over the longer term, speculation has emerged that van Gaal is keen on Ron Vlaar as a possible compromise should Matt Hummels not be available.

It is also thought that van Gaal is cooling on the possibility of signing Radamel Falcao permanently from Monaco because of the Colombian's capacity for sustaining injuries.

Ruled out of big games against Chelsea and Manchester City in recent weeks because of injury, the suggestion is that he is not physically equipped to deal with the Premier League.


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