Marseille facing Strootman struggle

Kevin Strootman has revealed Marseille told him they wanted to sell him in the summer due to his high wages.

Marseille look like they could have a real battle on their hands in January with Kevin Strootman reportedly a target for Inter Milan.

The Dutch midfielder has often been connected with a move to the Premier League, with the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham linked with the playmaker in the past.

However, the former Roma star could be on his way back to Serie A in January, if Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte gets his way.

The Nerazzurri chief is expected to bolster his squad in the January window in a bid to end Juventus’ domination of the top flight in Italy.

Strootman spent five years in the Italian capital and his efforts now in France are believed to have impressed Conte at Inter.

The 29-year-old has been an ever-present in the Marseille side this season and has contributed one goal and an assist this term.

Les Phoceeens manager Andre Villas-Boas will be determined to keep hold of such a key cog in the Marseille machine and Inter would have to stump up a serious sum to land the Dutchman.

Marseille are currently the closest competitors to reigning champions and frontrunners Paris Saint-Germain in the Ligue 1 table but still there is an eight-point gap between the two teams.

Former Chelsea and Tottenham manager Villas-Boas will have aspirations of playing in the Champions League next season and keeping hold of Strootman could be vital in fulfilling those dreams of securing top tier European football.