Manchester United have been offered the opportunity to sign AC Milan midfielder Nigel De Jong.
That's according to the Daily Mail, who report that AC Milan are willing to sell the Dutch international to United in an effort to raise transfer funds ahead of their own spending spree.
Other options preferable
Even though United are expected to sign another midfielder following the capture of Ander Herrera, it's all but certain to be William Carvalho ahead of De Jong.
While the Dutchman would be the much cheaper option, and is familiar to Louis Van Gaal as a member of his Netherlands team, at 29-years-old he would not be a signing for the long term.
Other players under consideration included Real Madrid's Sami Khedira, who has also been linked with Chelsea, and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.
Why De Jong?
The link suggesting De Jong could be a target for United seemed to pop up over the weekend, before the Dutch team beat Mexico 2-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
While it's correct that United need another defensive midfielder, it would be a surprise to see the former-Manchester City player return to the Premier League. He was not a stand-out performer for City during his three years at the Etihad Stadium, and while he would do a serviceable job, he doesn't possess the same kind of potential and excitement that the signing of Carvalho would create.
However, he does fit the 'destroyer' type of midfielder that Van Gaal wants to bring to Old Trafford. Herrera is a more creative threat, while the likes of Tom Cleverley, Marouane Fellaini, Darren Fletcher and Anderson are unlikely to make much of an impression in the position next season.
Contrast to last summer
It all looks much more positive for Manchester United fans now though, with Luke Shaw and Herrera signed up, and seemingly plenty of cash still spare for Van Gaal to spend. A central defender could be the next priority.
And the Dutch boss did has reputation among United supporters no harm this weekend, with his tactical adjustments during the drinks break widely credited with inspiring the Netherlands' late comeback to overturn a 1-0 deficit in the last 16.
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