Louis van Gaal plans to keep Ryan Giggs and has identified Kevin Strootman and Toni Kroos as his number one transfer targets in the event that he does replace David Moyes at Manchester United, reports suggest.
This is according to The Daily Star, who claim that despite not yet being confirmed as the Red Devils' next permanent manager, Van Gaal - who was installed as the favourite for the job following last week's dismissal of Moyes - is already planning for life at Old Trafford.
The same source further suggests that the experienced Dutchman - who will step down from his current role as Netherlands boss after this summer's World Cup in Brazil - plans to nurture Giggs to be his successor and has identified midfield as the area of Manchester United's current squad in need of most attention in the transfer market - with aforementioned duo Kroos and Strootman his top targets.
Manchester United legend Giggs was appointed as interim boss until the end of the season following Moyes' departure, with his first game in charge proving a resounding success as a Wayne Rooney brace inspired his side to an emphatic 4-0 victory over relegation-threatened Norwich on Saturday afternoon.
The manner of such an impressive victory - against albeit very limited opponents - has increased the clamour for Giggs to be given the role on a full-time basis, yet it is largely unclear if he really is in the running or if a deal for Van Gaal is already in place.
Bayern Munich playmaker Kroos has been linked with Manchester United for a long time now, with some reports even suggesting that Moyes was working on a deal to bring him to the club before his dismal 10-month reign was brought to an abrupt end.
However, if Van Gaal is appointed it looks like he will also be keen to ensure that the German international becomes a Manchester United player.
Any potential move for Strootman must be considered a slight, risk, however, with the Roma man having been ruled out for the remainder of the Serie A season - as well as the World Cup - with a serious knee injury.
Van Gaal is sure to know all about Strootman from his time in charge of his country, though, and should therefore be well aware if he has what it takes to become a success at Manchester United.