Having already brought Ander Herrera to the club this summer, manager Louis van Gaal made it clear to United officials that he is happy to work with what he has in the midfield area — at least until his main target, Kevin Strootman, fully recovers from a serious knee injury.
But executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been working tirelessly behind the scenes in a bid to strengthen the Dutchman’s options — and having identified de Jong as a potential recruit, met with the AC Milan midfielder’s representatives in London on Tuesday.
Those talks are understood to have gone well, with de Jong desperate to link up with van Gaal. The Dutchman could now become United’s third major summer signing, following on from the arrivals of Herrera and Luke Shaw.
And van Gaal is understood to have given the move the green light, having worked well with De Jong in his former role as Netherlands coach and in particular at this summer’s World Cup.
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