The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern have already begun discussing a list of potential transfer targets who their club should pursue next summer, and Lazio’s Stefan De Vrij is one of the players who frequently emerges in these conversations.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have enjoyed plenty of success in recent weeks both domestically and in Europe where they have taken sides apart with their devastating style of fluid attacking football. Liverpool’s recent form has enabled them to all but secure their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and further strengthen their grip on the top-four, and their performances are forcing the supporters to question just how far this side can go.
The arrival of Virgil Van Dijk was a potentially game-changing acquisition, as the Dutch defender looks like he could represent the final piece of the Liverpool jigsaw. However, The Reds cannot rely on one player to single-handedly sure up their defensive unit, as a long-term injury or suspension to Van Dijk would leave the club back at square one.
With that being said, Liverpool should consider completing a shrewd piece of business this summer by bringing Stefan De Vrij (valued at £31.5 million by Transfermarkt) to Merseyside when his contract expires in June. However, according to reports in The Daily Mirror, Manchester United are in pole position to sign the Dutch international as part of a proposed defensive revamp at Old Trafford.
Lazio have been one of the biggest overachievers in Serie A so far this season as they currently sit in a Champions League qualification place in 4th place, just 1 point behind their fierce-rivals AS Roma. De Vrij’s performances at the hear of defence have played an integral role in the success of Simon Inzaghi’s side, so it’s no wonder that United are hoping to lure him to Manchester in the summer.
Despite United’s interest, Liverpool should also offer De Vrij a contract when his current deal expires to sign one of Europe’s best central defenders at minimal cost. In the modern economic climate which has encouraged transfer costs to soar across Europe, it is rare to have the opportunity to sign a quality player for anything less than £30 million, so Liverpool would be foolish not to go head-to-head with United for his signature.
If Klopp wants his side to genuinely push for the Premier League title next season then he will need plenty of strength in depth throughout his squad, so the acquisition of De Vrij should be a number one priority for the club next summer.