Roma president James Pallotta has once again stated that Kevin Strootman is not for sale following reports that Manchester United will renew their interest in the midfielder in January.
The Dutchman has been out with a cruciate knee ligament injury since last season that forced him to miss the World Cup, but it has not quashed interest and speculation in the 24-year-old, with United constantly linked throughout the summer with a big-money move for the combative midfielder who represented his country whilst United manager Louis van Gaal was at the helm.
Roma are determined to keep hold of one of their prize assets as Pallotta is concerned with stability on the pitch, meaning that the Italian side are unlikely to be influenced by any large bid.
“For others, maybe, but our view is that we want to put a great team out there, but we are not saying ‘we have to make a ton of money’. Our goal across the board is stability,” he said.
Roma’s stance is unlikely to put off Europe’s big spenders with £75million the rumoured figure that United are considering bidding for the 24-year-old.
The Red Devils have already spent big since Van Gaal’s appointment, with Angel Di Maria’s British transfer record of £59.7million currently their biggest expenditure.
Roma – last season’s Serie A runners-up – have made a strong start to the current campaign by winning their first five games before being narrowly defeated 3-2 on Sunday night by champions Juventus.
Roma are currently 3.50 to win the Scudetto this season.