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Manchester United are considering a £20 million bid for Real Madrid's Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, according to a report from The Daily Mirror.

The report claims that United see the playmaker as a natural successor to former England international Paul Scholes in Sir Alex Ferguson's midfield.

Van der Vaart had a slow start to last season before impressing later on, but his future at Madrid is still uncertain.

With Jose Mourinho set to arrive from Inter as Los Blancos' new coach soon, the Dutchman could be seen as surplus to requirements by the Portuguese tactician.

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