Manchester United are in the need of a whopping £60 million if they want to sign Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman in January.
The 24-year-old Dutch international has been identified by Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal as a top target when the transfer window reopens, but will have to a pay a premium price to secure the player’s services.
With the Old Trafford club recently breaking the British transfer record to sign flying Argentinian winger Angel di Maria from Spanish giants Real Madrid with a fee of £59.7 million, United will have to shell out even more than that for Strootman, after spending more than £150 million on six new signings over the summer.
Italian Serie A outfit Roma are determined to hang on to Strootman’s services for the remainder of the 2014/15 season at least, and hope that their high price asked will deter United from making a bid in January.
It is still not clear how the deep-lying midfielder will react to the news of his potential transfer seemingly priced out by his current club, especially after he swapped his long-term associate Cheil Deker for Robin van Persie’s advisor Kes Vos.
Strootman’s new agent had been informed by Roma’s American owner James Pallotta of the price it will cost Manchester United to successfully negotiate a deal.