Manchester United target in talks over new contract, may snub van Gaal reunion

AC Milan

AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong is in talks over a new deal to stay at the San Siro - despite speculation of a move to Manchester United.

AC Milan have received plenty of criticism for their transfer activity in recent years. The likes of Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Alexandre Pato and Mario Balotelli have all left the club in recent years, and underwhelming replacements have been brought in - contributing heavily to their lowly eighth place finish last season.

New manager Pippo Inzaghi has seen Michael Agazzi, Diego Lopez, Alex, Pablo Armero, Marco van Ginkel, Giacomo Bonaventura and Fernando Torres arrive at the San Siro this summer, but fans remain unhappy at the cost cutting measures that the club are undertaking.

Whilst Balotelli was completing a cut-price £16m move to Liverpool, speculation was rife that midfielder Nigel de Jong would be following his former Manchester City team mate back to the Premier League as Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal wanted to reunite with the Dutch international after he played a starring role in the Netherlands' run to the World Cup semi-finals.

The 29-year-old midfield enforcer is known for his tough tackling and excellent defensive work, and reports even suggested that van Gaal had specifically asked chief executive Ed Woodward to sign de Jong as United looked to overhaul their squad.

No move materialised though, and now United and van Gaal could have missed their chance to sign him after reports in Italy revealed that de Jong is in talks to extend his contract at the San Siro.

With de Jong's current deal set to expire next summer, Milan had left themselves open to losing de Jong for a nominal fee or even nothing, but by offering him a new contract, they at least guarantee a reasonable fee should United come calling in January.

However, it seems more likely that de Jong realises that he's a third choice option behind Juventus' Arturo Vidal and Roma's Kevin Strootman on the United transfer wish list, and with Daley Blind, Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria already snapped up, de Jong would rather tie his future to Milan than have his future in doubt over the coming months.

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