With the January transfer window around the corner, Manchester United are widely expected to make moves in the market to strengthen their squad.
Midfield continues to be an area where fans want reinforcements, with the likes of Kevin Strootman, Lucas Silva and Yohan Cabaye linked with moves.
Yet supporters want to see a strong, aggressive midfielder brought in to protect the back four, which has inevitably led to speculation of a move for AC Milan's Nigel De Jong.
The former Manchester City enforcer played a starring role for Louis van Gaal at the World Cup, and reports have been rife of a move back to the Premier League ever since van Gaal moved to Old Trafford.
The 30-year-old is out of contract next summer, meaning he could be available for a cut-price fee unless Milan can agree a new contract with him in the coming weeks.
According to speculation in Italy though, De Jong is set to take time to consider his options having been disappointed with the contract offered to him by Milan.
Tuttosport suggest that De Jong wants wages of €3m-per-year, but Milan are only prepared to offer €2m-per-year, prompting interest from Schalke.
Yet if van Gaal does want to bring in a strong, midfield battler then few would be better value for money than De Jong, who would take no time to adjust to Premier League football having been so good for City not long ago.
Van Gaal knows De Jong's game inside out, and would take little convincing if United made a bid - and now they have their chance to sign him with De Jong unsure what to do.