Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward is widely reported to be brokering talks between incoming manager Louis van Gaal and Ryan Giggs this afternoon in Holland and it looks like those claims were true, with the Welshman pictured in the Netherlands earlier today ahead of those crunch negotiations.
Giggs is believed to be mulling over the possibility of taking up a coaching position on Van Gaal's staff at United next season, while still also being undecided over whether to extend a glittering 23 year Red Devils career.
The 40-year-old took a step back from active duty to take temporary charge of first-team affairs at Old Trafford for United's last four games of the season, but had the future on his mind today when he was snapped in Noordwijk, just a short distance from where Van Gaal is overseeing Holland's training camp ahead of the World Cup finals.
United are on the brink of confirming Van Gaal as their next permanent boss once his national duties are finished in South America this summer, but want a position for Giggs in his coaching staff agreed before going public with that announcement.
Van Gaal is thought to be prepared to make that concession and name Giggs as his number two, in an attempt to utilise a knowledge of United that is almost unmatched among current staff members at the Theatre of Dreams.
The Red Devils have chosen to take longer than expected on talks over a new boss in a bid to tie up any lingering loose ends surrounding their plans for next season and beyond, although things should be far clearer once Giggs and Van Gaal have come face to face on the Dutch coast this afternoon.
United fans will now anxiously await news of crunch talks taking place a whopping 364 miles from Old Trafford, as Woodward and co. desperately attempt to make sure the club's worst ever Premier League campaign is consigned to memory as a regrettable anomaly.
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