Man Utd May Be Forced To Act After Chelsea Table €38m Bid For Key Transfer Target
Manchester United may be forced in to action after Chelsea tabled a €38m (£30m) bid for long-term transfer target Kevin Strootman ahead of a potential move
With the January transfer window fast approaching managers are formalising their plans to strengthen their squads ahead of the second half of the season, so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Chelsea have made a move for Man Utd target Kevin Strootman.
Manchester United may be forced in to action after Chelsea tabled a €38m (£30m) bid for long-term transfer target Kevin Strootman ahead of a potential move this January, according to reports.
Strootman has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford and speculation over a move to United intensified following the arrival of Louis van Gaal as boss in the summer.
The Dutchman is believed to be a huge fan of the 24-year-old’s with reports just last week suggesting that the former Holland boss was putting together a lucrative package to try and lure his compatriot to United this winter.
However, it appears Chelsea may have stolen a march on their rivals as the Express are reporting that the Blues have now tabled a formal €38m (£30m) offer to Roma for the talented midfielder.
Strootman only joined the Italian outfit in 2012 but saw his first season in Serie A ended early by a serious knee injury. He’s now back fully-fit and Roma would stand to make a healthy profit should they decide to cash-in, having paid PSV around £15m for his signature 18 months ago.
The Express suggest that Strootman is keen on a move to the Premier League but despite the interest from van Gaal and United, Jose Mourinho is desperate to win the race and lure the Dutch international to the Bridge in January.
It remains to be seen how United will react to these reports of Chelsea making a €38m offer, or how Roma will respond to such a bid, but the Italians may find it more difficult to turn down after they were knocked out of the Champions League by Manchester City last week.
Chelsea’s supposed interest is intriguing as they already have arguably the best central midfield partnership in the league with Cesc Fabregas forging a superb relationship with Nemanja Matic following his move from Barcelona in the summer, so it would be interesting to see how Strootman would fit in if he does end up moving to West London.
However, there’s a long way to go before that becomes a reality and I have a feeling United wont give up without a fight if Strootman decides to come to England.
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