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United set to table £20million for out of favour van der Vaart

Van Der Vaart

By Ross Mackiewicz.

Reports in Spain are suggesting that Manchester United are lining up a £20million raid for out of favour Dutch international Rafael van der Vaart. Real Madrid’s 27 year old has endured a difficult time since moving to Los Blancos in the summer of 2008 for €13million from Bundesliga outfit Hamburg and was seemingly being pushed for the exit door at the Bernabeu last summer after Florentino Perez lured a number of star names including Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka to the Spanish capital.

With speculation surrounding his future once again and with the likely hood of Jose Mourinho being installed as Real’s next manager come the end of the week, it is believed that the former Ajax man will be surplus to requirements.

With United’s ever ageing midfield set for another campaign of gruelling competitive action, Sir Alex Ferguson is looking to bolster his midfield with van der Vaart being one of the names on his wish list.

It was also reported earlier in the week that Italian giants AS Roma are also courting the attacking midfielder with United’s local rivals Manchester City also reportedly set to swoop.

Van der Vaart who began his career at Ajax has made 70 appearances during his time in Spain and netted 12 goals. He is also set for an appearance at next month’s World Cup with his nation after being named in Bert van Marwijk’s 30 man preliminary squad.

Do you think van der Vaart would be a good addition to the United squad? Should Sir Alex look elsewhere? Let us know.

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