AC Milan are ready to sell Nigel de Jong to Manchester United should Louis van Gaal choose to renew his interest in the January transfer window, reports the Daily Star.
The Red Devils are alleged to have launched a late £10 million bid for the Netherlands international in the summer only to see it fall through at the 11th hour. Van Gaal went on to agree a deal for Daley Blind but their interest in De Jong remains.
Serie A outfit AC Milan are now desperate to get rid of De Jong in order to generate funds to strengthen weaker areas of their squad. They are ready to accept a similar bid from Manchester United but must wait to see if Van Gaal is still interested.
Monitoring the situation
The same report says that Van Gaal is continuing to monitor De Jong's situation at the San Siro as he continues to see his Manchester United squad decimated by injuries. Daley Blind has spent the best part of six weeks out with a knee injury, leaving them short in midfield.
De Jong, 30, is an established international midfielder, who was frequently called upon when Van Gaal was in change of Holland. He also has Premier League experience, albeit with Manchester United's local rivals City.
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De Jong ready to move
Despite his former allegiance, De Jong has previously hinted that he would jump at the chance to return to Manchester, this time to Old Trafford rather than the Etihad.
He is quoted in the same report as saying: “If many people like him [Van Gaal] respect me and recognise what I am doing, then I can only be proud.”
Manchester United have plenty of money to spend in the transfer window this month but executive vice president Ed Woodward has previously suggested that Van Gaal would not waste money on short-term replacements.
If true, that would essentially rule out a move for De Jong, who at 30-years-old, would not stick around for long. Instead, Manchester United, unbeaten in 11 games, are likely to bide their time before going for bigger targets in the summer.