£79m Price Tag For Strootman

Roma coach, Rudi Garcia has told Manchester United they will have to stump up 100 million euros (£79million) if they want to sign Kevin Strootman.

The new United boss Louis van Gaal said on Friday he will monitor Strootman’s recovery from the serious knee injury before deciding whether to bid for the Holland and Roma midfielder.

Garcia recently vowed that Strootman would remain at Roma this season, but just to make his point perfectly clear, he said on Saturday night that a huge fee would be required for the Italian club to even consider letting the midfielder go.

Strootman, who Van Gaal knows well from his time as Holland manager, missed Saturday’s game in Denver as he is continuing his recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament injury he sustained in March.

The 24-year-old is making good progress in his rehabilitation, according to his manager.

‘Kevin is following a normal recovery programme. He is fine. He will start running soon,’ Garcia added. —Mailsports

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