Report: Milan considering Van Gaal and Southampton linked De Boer

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

Ex Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is also linked to the San Siro hot seat, alongside the former Manchester United supremo.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal applauds fans during a lap of honour after the gameManchester United manager Louis van Gaal applauds fans during a lap of honour

It is possible that former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal won't be waiting long for his next job in management, if reports linking him to the hot seat at AC Milan in the Gazzetta cello Sport are anything to be believed.

Though the Dutchman has long talked of taking retirement in the near future, it appears he may have at least one job left in his locker, and with the Rossoneri struggling in recent seasons, it may be another attempt to turn one of Europe's top sides back into an established contender.

And, worryingly for Southampton fans, the report also suggests Milan are considering a protege of Van Gaal, who has been linked with the St Mary's vacancy by the Mail, ex Ajax boss Frank de Boer, as well as former Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Ajax coach Frank de Boer and assistant coach Dennis Bergkamp (R) before the matchAjax coach Frank de Boer and assistant coach Dennis Bergkamp (R)

It is fair to say that Van Gaal is the biggest name on that shortlist, but if Milan decide to go for a younger coach, it could be De Boer they plump for. The younger Dutchman led Ajax to four consecutive Eredivisie titles before leaving in the summer, and has been strongly linked to taking over from Ronald Koeman. De Boer starred under Van Gaal as a player in Amsterdam, before the 64-year-old signed him and his twin brother Ronald for Barcelona for big money in 1999.

Frank De Boer - Barcelona tackles Raul - Real Madrid

If Van Gaal does take over at Milan, he will be managing in Serie A for the first time, an impressive record after coaching internationally, in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and in England. It won't be an easy job for whoever takes over though, with Milan, who currently have former player and academy manager Cristian Brocchi as head coach, being out of the top six in Italy for the last three years.

Robin van Persie celebrates with coach Louis van Gaal (R) and team mates after scoring the first goal for HollandRobin van Persie celebrates with coach Louis van Gaal (R) and team mates after scoring goal for Holland

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