Frank de Boer lauds United target Stefan de Vrij

Old Trafford

Netherlands defender Stefan de Vrij has been linked to Old Trafford in recent Manchester United transfer news and Ajax boss understands why.

With Netherlands national team boss Louis van Gaal's full-time responsibilities as Manchester United manager beginning this month it is only natural that a plethora of Oranje stars are linked with the Old Trafford club.

Robin van Persie talked-up young and exciting winger Memphis Depay as "beautiful" last week, while "dirty" midfield destroyer Nigel de Jong has also been cited as a potential target for van Gaal at United.

With growing concerns over the centre back partnership that will be selected next season, United will need to turn to the transfer market in order to find a quality defender to join other summer acquisitions Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw at the M16 outfit.

One player who van Gaal may be interested in is Stefan de Vrij, of Holland and Feyenoord, and a player Ajax boss Frank de Boer has recently lauded.

de Boer understands the speculation linking de Vrij with a move away from the Eredivisie, however, he believes it must be essential that he is assured of regular football.

"He must be 100 per cent sure to play," said de Boer to NOS. "He knows he gets this at Feyenoord but when a beautiful club comes, you should think seriously about it."

On what makes de Vrij such an attractive commodity in the summer market, he added: "He's made a big step. He takes risks in his actions at the back. I used to always do this also, I do like that. He always tries to tempt his opponent to attack him."

de Vrij could be made available for purchase for £20 million.

United have also been linked to Mats Hummels.

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