Strootman 'near to Manchester United', fee €35m, reports in both Holland and Italy

The Kevin Strootman stance in Rome is softening according to reports in both Holland and Italy on Monday. ELF go with the headline 'Strootman near to Manchester United' and go on to explain that it's no secret, in Holland especially, that Louis van Gaal wants to sign the injured Dutch midfielder. 

Gazzetta dello Sport have also covered the story, they were first, and explain that the attitude in Rome may have changed from a simple 'Not For Sale' to a question of how much they could potentially get. Gazzetta reckon that despite a public stance of the player not being for sale, that a fee of €35m would be enough for Walter Sabatini. That goes against earlier reporting in Rome during May.

Back in May Il Tempo said that Roma would reject a £30m plus bonuses bid from Manchester United and still to this day they say a sale will be fought against, but they also claim Roma won't sell anybody at all... and it could simply be a message from the club they're putting out.

Roma came to an agreement with Seydou Keita last week and the former Barcelona midfielder has signed a one year contract with the club. He wouldn't be an adequate replacement for all that Strootman brings to the team.

Whilst the Strootman reports won't go away, and in Holland they've pretty much decided he'll end up at Manchester United sooner or later, it has to be remembered he's still injured. He wouldn't be available for the start of the season and his knee injury brings something of a risk with it. 

The reports say that Roma are looking to buy Lucas Digne and Marko Basa, both defenders.

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