‘Absolutely not’: Agent says ‘world-class’ Tottenham target won’t move in January, he’s a free agent next summer
The 30-year-old Inter Milan defender has been linked with Tottenham since the summer.
Antonio Conte prefers signing players from Serie A, and has a very good track record since joining Spurs.
A report from L’Interista in September suggests Tottenham were working on a January move for De Vrij.
The Dutchman’s contract runs out next summer, and he hasn’t signed a contract extension yet.
Tottenham will have a centre-back conundrum to solve in the summer when Clement Lenglet’s loan deal ends.
Spurs may look to make his move permanent if he impresses over the next six months.
However, when January rolls around they’ll be able to agree pre-contract details with De Vrij if he hasn’t signed a new deal at Inter by then.
Tottenham target De Vrij won’t move in January
De Vrij’s agents have said that the centre-back could move in the summer, and has ‘many evaluations’ to make.
However, Inter Milan are very keen to extend his deal, which could make Spurs’ job much more difficult.
Previously described as ‘world-class’, De Vrij has spent the season playing in Conte’s preferred system at Inter.
He normally functions on the left of a back-three, which would make him the ideal replacement for Lenglet.
The last free transfer Tottenham signed from Serie A was Ivan Perisic, which has already proved to be a brilliant move.
Although De Vrij won’t move in January, a summer deal to bring in the 30-year-old could prove to be another masterstroke.
Speaking to TuttoMercatoWeb, De Vrij’s agents gave this update on his situation: “The dialogue with Inter is open, very open.
“Stefan is very happy that the club has reaffirmed their trust in him by expressing their desire to continue the relationship.
“When a player of his age finds himself with an expiring contract, clearly many evaluations come into play besides the economic one.
“Having said that, however, his attachment to Inter is very strong and I don’t exclude that he might decide to stay.
“We are absolutely not thinking of leaving in January, he is very focused today on the possibility of catching up with Napoli in the lead and he wants to make a strong contribution for the second half of the season.”
“No problems. Then in February-March will be a good time to make certain choices.
“The liking and the possibility of him staying is absolute.”
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