Manchester United have received a transfer blow in the form of Kevin Strootman as his club’s directorAi??Mauro BaldissoniAi??has revealed that the midfielder is not for sale.

The Dutchman has been linked heavily with a move to Old Trafford in the last few months butAi??BaldissoniAi??responded to the rumours and said that he is a key player for Roma,Ai??ai???I read about Kevin’s transfer to Manchester United every day, and it’s something even our President doesn’t like.

ai???[James] Pallotta released a statement a few days ago saying that Kevin is not for sale.

ai???We received no offers from Manchester United and we don’t intend to sell him because he is a young player, with a long contract that binds him to us.

ai???Roma want to build the team around him,ai??? he toldAi??Sky Sports News HQ.

Strootman has had an impressive spell at Roma after making the switch from PSV Eindhoven in 2013 for a hefty fee ofAi??ai??i??16.5m. He was a key figure in his side’s resurgent run in the league under Rudi Garcia. Former Manchester United manager David Moyes too had identified him as a potential signing last season but a move failed to materialise. United however seem to have rekindled their interest in the 24-year old as their current manager Louis Van Gaal has worked with Strootman previously in the Dutch national setup.

Manchester United were looking to strengthen their Ai??midfield in the summer and managed to sign Daley Blind. However, his injury has left them with a potential problem. With Micheal Carrick entering the end of his career, it’s imperative that United find a long term replacement, and Strootman could be that player.

Strootman recently returned from a cruciate ligament injury that had ruled him out for more than eight months. He missed the World Cup in that period too. The former PSV man played 54 minutes in Roma’s 2-2 draw against Sassuolo in their last league game and remained on the bench in their defeat to Manchester City.

Strootman is contracted with the club until 2018, which means that United will have to fork out a large fee to make RomaAi??part ways with their player. They could settle for a fee somewhere around A?35m to A?40m. United have already spent more thatAi??Ai??A?150m under Van Gaal and could strengthen further as they’ll not want to lose out on a player of Strootman’s quality.

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