Nigel De Jong ‘available’ in January - should Manchester United swoop?

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Reports in Italy claim AC Milan are willing to part company with the abrasive Dutch midfielder this month.

AC Milan are ready to allow Nigel De Jong leave the club in January if they receive an offer, according to

The former Manchester City enforcer has been at the San Siro club for the last three seasons and his contract in Italy is set to expire this summer.

The report claims that Milan are ready to cash-in on De Jong rather than lose him for free in the summer - which could potentially open the door for a switch to Manchester United.

The 30-year-old midfielder is a favourite of Old Trafford chief Louis van Gaal, who selected De Jong for the Netherlands at the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

With United thought to be in the market for a new midfielder to beef up the heart of their team, De Jong could well be an option.

Kevin Strootman is said to be high up United’s priority list but the Milan man could well be a more abrasive and cost-effective solution.

De Jong has started 13 Serie A games for the Rossoneri this season, scoring twice, but is seemingly set to move to a new club in the near future.

Although Strootman is clearly a more-rounded player and one that Van Gaal could build a team around, De Jong could well be a short-term fix to bring experience and aggression to the United midfield.

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