Date: 27th May 2014 at 1:05pm
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Transfer speculation linking Manchester United with a move for the Barcelona midfield star, Cesc Fabregas, appears to be misplaced.

The tabloid press, this morning, carry the insinuation that Louis van Gaal has instructed the United board that the former Arsenal player is not on his agenda.

In fact it is being bandied about that van Gaal has set his sights on 24 year-old Kevin Strootman as the player he wants to become his next midfield general.

However, the fact that Strootman has been sidelined with a serious knee injury since March and, due to this injury, is not in contention for the Dutch World Cup squad this summer, may complicate matters.

Strootman only joined AS Roma from PSV Eindhoven last summer, for £15 million, with it being mentioned that United will attempt to bring the player to Old Trafford by opening the bidding at something close to £20 million.

A transfer to keep an eye on we reckon!