PHOTO: The man to lure van Gaal to England - not United, to Arsenal

Arsenal as the Dutchman has strong links with the Academy boss Adrien Jonker, potentially scuppering a prospective move to Manchester United.

In the background you have Louis van Gaal, a managerial veteran in the football industry and suddenly one of the most in-demand coaches in the Premier League while, in the foreground, you have Andries Jonker, the man who could not only entice the Dutchman to England, but to a specific club - and it's not Manchester United.

Van Gaal, 62, has a number of elite-level teams on his CV, including the Ajax team of the late 1980s and early 1990s, Barcelona, the Netherlands and Bayern Munich. His Overall win percentage, from 780 games spanning over two decades, is an extraordinary 61.4% and so it is no surprise that he has four Eredivisie titles, two La Liga titles, a Bundesliga win and a Champions League title.

His stature, his managerial style (tactically disciplined, attacking spirit, able to handle big egos etc), have been deemed perfect for what is required at United, yet it is Arsenal who now may have an edge in the race to land van Gaal.

Arsene Wenger's current contract expires in two months and it is unknown whether he will retire or renew terms.

Voetbal Primeur speculate that Jonker could hold the key to where van Gaal ends up and Jonker has been appointed the academy manager at the Emirates Stadium.

Jonker and van Gaal have a lengthy professional relationship as the pair worked together at Barcelona, Bayern as well as Wolfsburg.

Jonker has been in charge of Arsenal's academy since January. Wenger said at the time: "I am very pleased that Andries is joining us. He has a big reputation in the game and was a key part of the team which developed the structures which are now producing such strong young players in Holland. I look forward to working with him."

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