Breaking: Stefan de Vrij as Arsenal first summer signing

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Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal will battle to sign Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij on a free transfer this summer after he failed to agree a new contract.

According to The Daily Mirror, the Dutchman would prefer a move to Old Trafford when his deal expires at the end of the season.

However, Jose Mourinho faces competition from Liverpool, who considered De Vrij last summer, and Arsenal, who have also watched him in action this term.

Everton are also interested in the 26-year-old Holland international, who plays as a centre back and has won 31 caps for his country.

Mourinho is keen to strengthen his defence ahead of next season, with Victor Lindelof having struggled to convince since his £31million move from Benfica.

On Tuesday, De Vrij took to Instagram to confirm that he would leave the Serie A club at the end of the season after failing to agree terms on a new contract.

He wrote: ‘It has been a very difficult period full of speculations on my future to come to this point that nobody desired.

‘Unfortunately we were not able to find a satisfying agreement for both parties due to various reasons.

‘I understand the disappointment of the Lazio fans very good and it hurts me leaving in this way.

‘Even though I am very happy and I feel at home here, sometimes we need to get out of our comfort zone to achieve our desired goals.

‘I will be forever grateful to Lazio and to the fans for always being there for me, for the trust and opportunities given.

‘I have always tried to demonstrate that by giving the best of me and I will keep doing that until the end. Thank you, Stefan.’

 

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