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Louis van Gaal to sign £25m Manchester United deal this week

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Manchester United have agreed a £25m deal with Louis van Gaal that will see the Dutchman take over as manager on a three-year deal, with an announcement expected as early as this week.

Van Gaal held talks with United chief executive Ed Woodward at his holiday home in the Portuguese Algarve last week, which The Mirror believe have been hugely successful.

The current Netherlands boss is set to take charge at Old Trafford next season but is desperate for lingering speculation over his impending appointment not to disrupt Dutch plans for this summer's World Cup, particularly with the squad due for their final meet before his squad announcement at the back end of next week.

United are expected to bow to that concession by releasing a formal statement confirming the 62-year-old's appointment on a long-term contract, worth £8.4m a season over the next three years.

The Red Devils are happy to press ahead with transfer plans including bids for Toni Kroos, Eliaquim Mangala and Kevin Strootman while Van Gaal concentrates on the World Cup, but any coaching role for Ryan Giggs is still yet to be decided.

Giggs is currently in caretaker charge and enjoyed a strong managerial debut on Saturday with a 4-0 win over Norwich City at Old Trafford, with United hopeful that Van Gaal has a place for the club legend on his coaching staff next season despite no agreement on that front at this stage.

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