Manchester United are interested in signing AC Milan holding-midfielder Nigel De Jong once the World Cup ends in July.
Louis Van Gaal, who is currently in Brazil with Netherlands, is set to take over at Old Trafford once the tournament ends, and he is already making a transfer list of all the targets he wants the club to sign.
The Red Devils, who are known for competing for titles, had a dismal campaign last season, finishing seventh under David Moyes, and after the Scot was sacked with just four games left, United turned their attentions to a more experienced manager.
Van Gaal was announced as his replacement just before the World Cup kicked off in Brazil, and he will join up with the squad after the tournament ends. It's believed he is keen to take several Dutch players with him, with De Jong being the latest on the list.
Despite his previous Manchester City days, De Jong could be interested in a move back to England, especially if it means working under Van Gaal on a more frequent basis, and it's believed that the Dutch manager has asked officials at Old Trafford to move quickly to wrap up the deal.
Reports in Italy have claimed that Van Gaal has told United's Executive Vice Chairman, Ed Woodward, to wrap up a potential deal as soon as possible, after highly recommending him to the Premier League side.
The 29-year-old played over 100 times for local-rivals Manchester City, spanning from 2009-2012, but left the club in order to join AC Milan, and has gone on to make over 50 appearances for the Serie A side.
The Dutchman is under contract at the San Siro until 2015, after penning a three-year deal back in 2012, but the Italian side could be willing to sell this summer, rather than risk losing him on a free this time next year.
As for Van Gaal, he is keen to sign players he knows and has worked with before, and has made it clear that he wants to add real steel to the United midfield.
It's believed United are prepared to offer around £6million for the midfielder.
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