Reds in race to sign De Vrij


Liverpool are in the mix to sign Lazio defender Stefan De Vrij at the end of the season.

The Holland international is out of contract at the Italian club this Summer and is attracting a growing list of admirers as he considers where his future is best served.

Serie A giants Inter Milan are preparing to offer the centre-back a contract, according to a report by Calcio Mercato, as they plan to swipe De Vrij from their domestic rivals.

The article also claims that his representatives have come to an agreement on a one-year extension that includes a relatively low €25 million release clause – but they are said to be asking for a large commission payment which Lazio are not willing to give them.

However, he Nerazzurri will face plenty of competition from around the continent if they do put a contract offer on the table of the Dutchman’s agent in the coming months.

Their fierce local rivals AC Milan are also set to firm up their interest by letting his agent know that they are keen on offering him the chance to remain in Italy.

Neither of the Milan clubs are able to formally agree a deal to sign him at this stage however, which will give the clubs from other countries a slight advantage in proceedings.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is said to be keen on partnering De Vrij with compatriot Virgil Van Dijk at the heart of his defence next season as he prepares to put together a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League title.

But there is other interest in England, with Chelsea and Manchester United both keeping a close eye on developments around the twenty-six year old, who is also on the radar of Barcelona.

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