Nigel de Jong
Nigel de JongReuters

Manchester United are considering a move to sign Arsenal summer target Nigel De Jong this summer, according to the Mirror.

The 29-year-old was at Manchester City after their former manager Roberto Mancini sold him to AC Milan in the summer of 2009.

The Gunners manager Arsene Wenger was keen on bringing the Dutch international back to the Premier League to bolster Arsenal's midfield.

The report claims incoming United boss Louis van Gaal wants the Red Devils to beat the north London side for De Jong's signature.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager has already informed the Old Trafford club's chief executive Ed Woodward to make an approach for the midfielder.

Woodward is set to hold talks with Milan officials in order to bring the 29-year-old to United in the summer transfer window.

The Serie A outfit are going through a financial crisis and the English giants are ready to take advantage of the situation at San Siro in luring De Jong this summer.

De Jong has already worked under Van Gaal as the two are with the Netherlands national side for the World Cup in Brazil.

United believe a fee of £6m would be sufficient for them to land the former City favourite in the summer transfer window.

The Dutch midfielder has started the first two games for his national side in the summer tournament in Brazil and played the full 90 minutes on both occasions.

Meanwhile, De Jong has admitted that he would consider his Milan future as he remains unsure as to where he will ply his trade during the next campaign.

"I am 29 years old, it will be an important decision. I will have to choose whether to stay here or go somewhere else. I'm at a big club but I just want to know what the plan is for next season," De Jong said.

A move for the Milan man will strengthen United's midfield for the next season. Also, the price tag involved in the transfer could make De Jong one of the best bargains of the summer transfer window.