PSV Eindhoven have denied speculation that midfielder and Manchester United target Kevin Strootman is nearing a move to Roma and also insisted only a substantial offer can prise the player away from them.
Recent reports suggested the Netherlands international, who has been a long-time target for the Red Devils, was on his way to the Italian capital for a transfer fee around €17m, which could eventually rise to €20m.
However, PSV director Marcel Brands has cooled the rumours and reiterated that the 23-year-old is not for sale. The Eredivisie side has already sold Erik Pieters, Dries Mertens and Jeremain Lens in this window are not under any financial problems at the moment.
"Roma have contacted us to tell us that they are interested in Kevin Strootman. We have told Roma that Strootman is not for sale, and only an important offer could convince us otherwise. In our opinion, Roma is the only club to be interested in Strootman, but they have made no offer," the Dutchman pointed out.
Strootman's representative Chiel Dekker has stated his client is in no rush to leave Holland and would wait till PSV reaches an agreement with a suitor.
"We are aware of the interest and the communication between PSV and Roma, but we will only come into action when Marcel Brands gives the signal that both clubs have come to an agreement," the agent stressed.
Strootman, who joined PSV from Utrecht in 2011, has made 88 appearances in all competitions for the Rood-witten so far, scoring 13 times. The midfielder had earlier revealed he is open to a transfer this summer.
"Every transfer window there are clubs interested. But a club must speak to me first," he had said.
Strootman is a tough-tackling player, with great vision and passing skills. He can operate as either a box-to-box midfielder or a deep-lying playmaker. The 23-year-old is physically and tactically strong and his uncompromising approach has earned him the nickname the Dutch Roy Keane.