Everton to lose out on Kevin Strootman
Reported Everton target Kevin Strootman is apparently close to inking a fresh long-term contract with AS Roma. The Giallorossi are keen to hold onto their star midfielder following his impressive performance against Lazio over the weekend.
Strootman, 26, was at his best against local rivals Lazio on Sunday where he netted a goal in the 2-0 win for the Giallorossi.
According to Calciomercato, the Capital outfit have been impressed by the Dutchman's showing this season following a long-term layoff through injury.
It is added that the club will offer an improved contract worth £2.2m-a-year as they seek to extend his stay until the summer of 2021.
Toffees boss Ronald Koeman has been a huge admirer of his counterpart over the years, but it seems he could be denied in his quest to land the central midfielder.
Strootman received a two-match ban after the Lazio game for his involvement in the dismissal of Danilo Cataldi during the Rome derby.