Liverpool, Man Utd & Chelsea Battling To Sign 26-Year-Old Serie A Star
Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea are all battling it out to sign Lazio centre-back Stefan de Vrij on a free transfer at the end of the season
The January transfer window in now closed so it’s time to look at those deals that didn’t get over the line and those being lined-up for the summer. Today, Stefan de Vrij is a man in demand…
Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea are all battling it out to sign Lazio centre-back Stefan De Vrij on a free transfer at the end of the season, according to a report in the Mirror.
De Vrij joined Lazio from Feyenoord in 2014 and has developed in to one of the most consistent defenders in Serie A while he’s also now a regular with the Dutch national team.
However, the 26-year-old’s future at the Stadio Olimpico is in serious doubt as his contract is due to expire in June and he’s showing no sign of penning an extension any time soon.
Lazio are desperate to tie him down to a new contract and have reportedly held negotiations with his representatives but so far no agreement has been found to extend his stay in Roma.
De Vrij’s situation has alerted a number of clubs here in the Premier League as the Mirror are citing a report from Il Messaggero that claims Liverpool have been joined by Man Utd and Chelsea in the race to sign the defender.
Jurgen Klopp has been strongly linked with a move for De Vrij as the Liverpool boss looks to solve his defensive woes by pairing him alongside compatriot Virgil van Dijk at the heart of his defence next season.
However, Liverpool will now face competition from United as Jose Mourinho is also expected to further strengthen his defensive options as Victor Lindelof has failed to impress following his move from Benfica last summer.
Chelsea are also keeping an eye on De Vrij as the Blues are likely to be in the market for a new centre-back with David Luiz tipped to leave after falling out-of-favour at Stamford Bridge.
We’ll have to wait and see how things develop over the coming months but De Vrij would be an excellent signing if Liverpool, Chelsea or United could snap him up on a free transfer this summer.
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