Man United eye £20m defender to replace departed stars

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is keen to bring Holland international Stefan de Vrij with him when he heads to Old Trafford after the World Cup, according to reports from the Daily Star.

The experienced former Barcelona, Ajax and Bayern Munich chief is set to make his long awaited switch to the Theatre of Dreams when he has finished his duties with the Dutch national side, and is likely to embark on major transfer business when he arrives.

One area of his inherited squad he will look to bolster is the centre of defence, with Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand having been axed after long spells at the club.

LVG is aware that he needs a top class player to slot into the set-up, and has set his sights on de Vrij.

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The 22-year-old is a part of the Oranje camp for the World Cup, and van Gaal is known to be a big fan of his abilities.

De Vrij was handed his international debut by the now United gaffer, which has bred a positive relationship between the pair.

Feyenoord are resigned to selling their star man, but are aware that they could get up to £20m for his signature.

The young defender has already confessed that he could well be on the move after this summer’s tournament ends:

“The chances are that I will leave, I can probably confirm this.

“I am with the Dutch national team so I don’t know the exact details.”


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