Kevin Strootman ‘shook hands’ with Louis van Gaal on move to Man United
A new book on Louis van Gaal called, 'O, Louis', claims Kevin Strootman has agreed to join Red Devils
Kevin Strootman has already struck an agreement with Louis van Gaal to move to Manchester United, according to a new book on the Red Devils manager.
Dutch journalist Hugo Borst has claimed in his book, ‘O, Luis’, that Strootman “shook hands” with Van Gaal on a big-money move to Old Trafford last spring.
The pair reportedly met at a match between PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord ahead of Van Gaal’s appointment as the 20-time English champions’s new manager.
“In the spring of 2014 there was a match between PSV and Feyenoord. Robin van Persie was in the stands, along with Louis van Gaal. On the other side was Kevin Strootman. The pair chatted, this was when people knew Van Gaal was going to Manchester United,” Borst is quoted as saying by talkSPORT.
“Van Gaal asked Strootman whether he was interested in playing for Manchester United, and he said he was very willing. They have shaken hands on the deal. It won’t be in January but it will be next summer. He is an outstanding player.”
Strootman made his return from a long-term knee injury last month after the Netherlands international sustained the problem during a 1-0 loss to Napoli in March.
The 24-year-old Roma midfielder has scored five goals in 25 Serie A appearances following his £15m switch to the Italian capital from PSV last summer.