Saturday, 8th February, 2014

Manchester United were told by Roma they would need to pay at least €40m to have any chance of signing Kevin Strootman last month, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Red Devils, who have long been linked with the Dutchman and were expected to try to sign him from PSV Eindhoven last summer, had made a proposal of €25m to the Giallorossi.

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But for Roma, who have been delighted with Strootman's performances under coach Rudi Garcia, that was far, far too little. And the bid was ignored.

Indeed, David Moyes' men were told that they would need to offer a minimum of €40m just to bring Roma to the table to discuss a deal.


Roma signed Strootman from PSV last summer, springing a surprise by grabbing a player long linked with making the move to Old Trafford.

The 23-year-old was signed on a contract running until 2018.

This season he has made 19 appearances in Serie A, with a return of five goals and five assists.

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