first_imgRoma could dash Manchester United’s plans to capture long-term target Kevin Strootman by offering the midfielder a new contract to stay at the Serie A club.Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is a long-term admirer of the dynamic central midfielder, who he coached during his time as Holland national team manager.And now, according to Rome-based newspaper Il Messaggero, manager Rudi Garcia is set to offer Strootman an improved new deal to keep him and beat off increased interest from United.The former PSV stalwart, who has four years left to run on his current Roma deal, is on target to return to training this week following the serious cruciate ligament injury he sustained at the end of last season, which ruled him out of the World Cup in Brazil.United are monitoring his situation closely and, despite concerns over his fitness, are prepared to better the Italian club’s contract proposalBut Roma are determined to keep the 24-year-old and hope a signifcant salary rise will put an end to speculation over his future. 1 Kevin Strootman last_img