Nigel de Jong is happy to enter contact extension talks with AC Milan ahead of his current deal expiring this summer.
The 29-year-old was a crucial part of Louis van Gaal‘s Holland side which finished in third place at the World Cup and was considered a potential United target but a move didn’t materialise.
However, with De Jong soon to become a free agent, the links are likely to re-surface, although the midfielder has said he is happy to renew his contract in Milan if the club wants to.
“My contract is a question for (Adriano) Galliani,” he said.
“I’m happy here in Milan. I don’t see any problems for a renewal. Let’s hope we still have time.”
In that respect, he could do far worse than to sign De Jong on a free transfer. He showed great discipline and intelligence at the World Cup in the anchor position for Holland and could be a great alternative to Blind in order to keep the squad rotated.
Signing De Jong on a free would also allow him to put a bigger budget aside for a defender (or four) which is the prerogative this summer.
Should Van Gaal sign De Jong on a free this summer if he can?