Louis van Gaal has made Kevin Strootman a £30m January target for Manchester United – and the midfielder would be open to the move should Roma consider it, although there is yet to be any official contact between the clubs.

The Dutchman is recovering from a serious knee injury that has ruled him out of Van Gaal’s Holland squad for the World Cup in Brazil, with the 24-year-old not expected to play again until the autumn.

While Strootman is content at Roma and has four years left on the contract he signed last summer, he is aware of Van Gaal’s interest, with the manager having selected him regularly for the national squad. However, Strootman’s agent, Chiel Dekker, insisted that only if Roma were minded to sell would the transfer occur.

“He won’t be back playing until autumn – that’s the time schedule at the moment,” Dekker told the Guardian. “He is of interest to Louis van Gaal but not related to Manchester United at this point.”

Dekker admitted Strootman, who has been injured since March, might be of interest to Van Gaal in the future. “Could be but he’s in Rome and he had a terrific season,” Dekker said. “There has been nothing between the clubs or between Louis and Kevin – they know each other and like each other but at this stage it’s not related to Man United.