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.”
Van Gaal brought in Ander Herrera and Daley Blind into midfield this season but United will need some further squad depth if Champions League football comes back to Old Trafford.
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.