Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands team surprised many with a run to the semifinals of the World Cup this summer, so it’s easy to forget they were missing one of the best playmakers in the world.
Kevin Strootman, 24, suffered a long-term knee injury playing for Roma against Napoli in March, and is said to be gearing up his recovery in order to be ready for a January transfer to van Gaal and Manchester United.
The desire has even played into his choice of agent, according to The Mirror:
But Van Gaal is ready to make a £25million swoop for Strootman in the new year and the Holland international – who missed the World Cup – is doing all he can to ready himself for the move.
Strootman, 24, has ditched his agent Chiel Dekker and has joined SEG – the Sports Entertainment Group – who were involved in Robin van Persie’s move from Arsenal to United.
Strootman is now in the final stage of his recovery and hopes to make his long-awaited comeback early next month, with Van Gaal and his coaching staff ready to monitor his progress.
A move for Strootman would allow LVG a great deal of fluidity with how he uses newly-acquired Daley Blind, who is expected to play holding midfield for the Red Devils.
And with rumors that Nigel de Jong could also join Blind, van Gaal and van Persie at Old Trafford, how far away from Amsterdamchester United?