Manchester United could bring former Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong back to the Premier League this summer, according to Italian newspaper Corriere Dello Sport.
United have been linked with a host of different midfielders since Louis van Gaal was officially appointed and Corriere Dello Sport believes De Jong, 29, could return to Manchester this summer having spent three and half seasons at the Etihad between 2009 and 2012.
A tough-tackling midfielder, De Jong joined AC Milan at the beginning of the 2012-13 season and is under contract with the Rossoneri until 2015 but reports suggest he could be tempted to join Van Gaal to Old Trafford.
With United’s moribund midfield in desperate need of fresh faces, De Jong might not be the midfielder many fans have cried out for but the Dutchman could prove an excellent addition to the squad, for he’s capable of providing exactly the sort of physical impact United have sorely missed in the middle of the park.
The Peoples Person’s Joe Taylor singled De Jong out as a target who Van Gaal should consider and his performances so far in Brazil have certainly caught the eye.
Away from his tackling and dynamism, De Jong is also extremely diligent from a tactical point of view. He’s normally deployed just in front of the defence in Holland’s three-man midfield, even though he was deployed alongside Jonathan de Guzman when Holland opted for a 3-5-2 formation against Australia, and is a useful passer of the ball – he averaged 91.4% pass completion rate in 33 Serie A games for AC Milan last season.
Any number of midfielders could improve United this summer and having played an integral role in Holland’s World Cup so far, De Jong’s is a name that could well be on Van Gaal’s wanted list.