Since being confirmed as the new manager of Manchester United, Louis van Gaal has been linked with moves for most of the Dutch national team that he is currently managing at the World cup in Brazil.
The latest Dutchman to be linked with a move to Old Trafford is the Netherlands' midfield enforcer Nigel De Jong, with the Mirror claiming that the Milan man could be available for as little as £6million.
MIDFIELD IS AN ISSUE FOR VAN GAAL
United's midfield came under intense scrutiny last season following a disastrous campaign by their own high standards, and many people attribute this to the lack of strong presence in the middle of the field.
De Jong is renowned for his tough tackling and ruthless approach to the game, and Van Gaal clearly trusts him to hold the midfield to allow the more creative players to do what they are good at.
The obvious sticking point to this would be his affiliation with bitter rivals Manchester City, having played for them in their title winning campaign of 2012. However, Van Gaal will not worry himself with such a matter if he feels that De Jong could solve some of the problems at United.
A QUICK FIX, BUT A GOOD ONE
De Jong is 29 years old so doesn't represent a signing for the future but, if he is able to bring an immediate level of stability to United that allows Van Gaal to improve results whilst building for the future with other signings, he represents somewhat of a bargain at just £6million.
He is currently at AC Milan, having joined them from Manchester City, but with them not enjoying a successful season themselves last term, at least United will not have to worry about the inevitable issue of not being able to offer a player Champion's league football.
Whether De Jong would be interested in a return to the Premier League is up for debate, having won the division with City he may feel that he has nothing left to prove, but the lure of working under his national coach who clearly has a lot of trust in him may prove to be enough.
DE JONG WOULD BRING BITE
Manchester United's midfield certainly did lack a level of steel last season, and anyone who watched De Jong and his infamous tackle on Xabi Alonso in the 2010 World cup final will testify that he would certainly bring a bite to any squad.
The answer to United's problems extend much further than this, and nothing is to say that he will improve it at all, but adding someone who may strike some fear into opposition players can only be a good move. United's home form was awful last season and De Jong could potentially help them turn it into a fortress again.
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