Juventus have entered the race to sign AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman with an appealing €30 million offer, reports Tuttosport.
The Dutchman was reportedly one of the top names on Jose Mourinho’s target list this summer, as the United boss is in search of a midfielder to be reckoned with. Naturally, Strootman’s name came up due to his composure on the pitch, and due to his his significantly low price tag.
Meanwhile, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is also in search of a similar player, which ended up leading both European giants in the race for the Roma man.
Names like Blaise Matuidi, Steven N’Zonzi, and Emre Can were also considered, but recent reports strongly suggest that the Bianconeri are ahead of the the Premier League giants with a €30 million bid for Strootman, which was made not long ago.
It is understandable why both teams are keen on signing the 27-year-old, as his impressive performance in the last campaign proved to be very significant for the Italian side. Moreover, he also managed to bag a whopping 4 goals and 7 assists whilst guarding the Roma backline as a defensive midfielder.
The Red Devils would seemingly be unaffected should the Bianconeri secure the Dutch international’s signature, considering they have already managed to sign Nemanja Matic from Chelsea. With the Serbian’s addition, and the confirmation of Marouane Fellaini’s stay at Old Trafford, Mourinho is not expected to be intimidated.
On the other hand, Allegri’s side managing to pull off this move seems very unlikely, as the Rome-based club are reportedly not willing to sell such a vital player. Moreover, the player himself has no intention of moving to Turin. However, the Zebre may have some luck triggering the former PSV man’s release clause.
Strootman is currently tied down to the Lupi under a €45 million release clause which is only valid before August 1, and the player reportedly has no intention to depart from the Stadio Olimpico this summer.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
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