Old Trafford boss hopes to sign up Bernabeu bench warmer.
Manchester United are lining up a £20million swoop for Real Madrid star Rafael van der Vaart.
Sources in Spain claim United have identified the Dutch international playmaker as the natural successor to Paul Scholes.
Sir Alex Ferguson has question marks over several of his midfielders because of their age, inconsistency and injury records and Van der Vaart would be a quality addition.
Van der Vaart’s future at the Bernabeu is uncertain and new boss Jose Mourinho may deem him surplus to requirements.
Van der Vaart struggled to hold down a regular place at the start of last season before impressing as Real mounted a title charge in La Liga and could leave this summer. (Daily Mirror)
One can understand why Manchester United would be after Rafael Van der Vaart, it seems that only the Bernabeu side he is contracted to believes he is not worthy of regular first team football, but can Sir Alex manage to do business with a club he really can’t stand.
There is a long rich history of aggravation at the hands of the La Liga club who has repeatedly swiped top talent from the Premier League side and its a question of whether the wily Scot wants to get embroiled with the Spanish side in his pursuit of a player who is extremely talented but has failed to prove his worth to a succession of Bernabeu managers.
The 27 year old only made 18 starts out of a possible 48 last term and that was after given assurances by Manuel Pellegrini that he was very much part of his first team plans. There is no doubting his talent and he would surely jump at the chance of a move to Old Trafford but would the Bernabeu outfit sell to a direct Champions League rival.