Reports in Italy claim that Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij is preparing to leave Rome this summer and is looking for a move abroad, with Chelsea and Manchester United at the front of the queue as they attempt to persuade him to head to the Premier League after two years in Italy having made the move from his boyhood club Feyenoord in 2014. With a £30 million price tag on his head, he could be available at a reasonable price.
What would he bring to the Premier League?
The Dutch international has bags of experience for a 24-year-old, with 30 caps under his belt since Louis Van Gaal gave him his international debut in 2012. Calm on the ball, De Vrij is not the most physical of defenders but his reading of the game is almost second to none. Excellent at intercepting the ball and a great tackler, the central defender ensures that his smaller physical presence is not a problem by winning the ball before such strength would be required. Tall and fast, he has all the right attributes to fit in at Chelsea in particular.
Is a move likely?
It seems so, De Vrij is known to be keen to seek new challenges and has grown frustrated at the lack of progress at Lazio after they failed in their Champions League qualifiers last season and then didn’t even qualify for those this season. A move to the top level seems likely, and both of these English clubs would certainly fit the kind of move that he may be seeking in the summer, even if a mid-season transfer has been ruled out.
8/10 – There are few top quality defenders who haven’t been linked with one of these two clubs, so it is no surprise to see De Vrij linked. That said, he does have the quality to ensure that it is no surprise that he has been heavily scouted by both clubs ahead of a potential £30 million move, and he seems to be open to the idea of a move to the Premier League.
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