Louis van Gaal has spoken of his admiration for Chilean star Arturo Vidal, leading to rumours that the Old Trafford boss may make a move for the Juventus man this summer, as reported by the Daily Star's Chisanga Malata.
Vidal is currently with Chile at the World Cup and started in the South Americans' 3-1 win over Australia. Van Gaal will be aware of Vidal's progress in the tournament as he heads the Dutch squad that beat Spain 5-1 on Friday.
And he did little to hide his admiration for Vidal as he spoke ahead of the Netherlands' clash with Chile: "I always wanted to buy Vidal when he was at Bayer Leverkusen but he went to Juventus."
It would be little surprise, then, if Van Gaal rekindled his interest in the Chilean following the World Cup. The central midfielder bagged 18 goals for the Old Lady last season, and the Turin side values its man so much that it is likely to demand up to £50 million for him.
Elsewhere, Dutch left-back Daley Blind could follow compatriot Van Gaal to Old Trafford this summer reports the Mirror's Jim Hughes.
The full-back was a stand-out performer in the Netherlands' 5-1 demolition of world champions Spain in Salvador on Friday, providing two assists in a brilliant display. And Hughes reports that Ajax could be persuaded to let go of the Dutch player of the year with a £12 million bid from Old Trafford.
"The pass from Daley Blind for Van Persie was fantastic, the finish was great. ... There was so much feeling. If you can make a goal in that way it’s great...really fantastic. It was great that he (Van Persie) came to me. That is a sign of appreciation and that appreciation is mutual."
The 24-year-old made 37 appearance for "de Godenzonen" and has been converted from a left-back to a defensive midfielder under the tutelage of Frank de Boer. Such versatility is likely to entice United, who are believed to want to release several players this summer as part of a mass clear-out, as reported by Laurie Whitwell of the Daily Mail.
And Blind is not only a defensive option. The Ajax man was responsible for the pinpoint cross that saw Van Persie swoop to send a beautiful header sailing over Iker Casillas for the Dutch opener. The prospect of him joining up with Van Persie and Van Gaal is a tantalising one.
OptaJohan illustrated via Twitter just how influential Blind was against Spain.
2- Daley Blind is the first Dutch player since Wim Jonk (2, vs. South Korea on 20/06/1998) to give 2 assists in one World Cup match. Passed.— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 13, 2014
But it will take more than the three Dutch musketeers to bring Total Football back to Old Trafford. The Daily Mail's Rob Shepherd has already reported that the Red Devils are eyeing up the prospect of signing their illustrious compatriot Arjen Robben.
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Like a fine wine, the Dutch winger has improved with age, and the former Chelsea man took the role of Spain's tormentor-in-chief in Brazil. With two fine strikes, 30-year-old Robben continued to underline why he is considered one of the world's foremost proponents of counter-attacking play. Van Gaal would not have to go far to convince his compatriot to join him in Manchester.
And if Van Gaal needed reminding of his frontman's strengths, he became the fastest recorded footballer ever with his sprint against Spain, as the Metro reported on Twitter.
Wow! Arjen Robben sets new record for fastest sprint EVER during the Netherlands' 5-1 win over Spain http://t.co/xapcQZjbhS— Metro Sport (@Metro_Sport) June 15, 2014
United had earlier been heavily linked with Southampton starlet Luke Shaw. The 19-year-old left-back has enjoyed a breakout season for the south coast outfit that culminated with a call-up into Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad.
But the move has been cast into doubt with the emergence of Blind as a target, as reported by Alex Harris of the Express. Blind would mark a safer—and drastically cheaper—option to Shaw, who only holds one full season of Premier League experience. The more mature Dutchman, despite a lack of Premier League experience, would bring greater nous of European football than his English counterpart.
Should the move pan out, Old Trafford will hope that their Dutch-inspired outfit will translate the excellent form it has shown in Brazil to the Premier League.