Stefan de Vrij deal announcement imminent after new development

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Dutchman is understood to fancy Old Trafford, where a big summer defensive revamp is planned, but is on rivals’ radars too

Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij is ready to switch to the Premier League this summer — and is keen on joining Manchester United .

The Netherlands international centre-half is set to move on a Bosman free transfer after the Rome club publicly admitted they have given up on new-contract negotiations.

Man United are watching developments closely, and Lazio believe De Vrij already has an offer in place, which is why they have stopped discussions to extend his four-year stay.

United boss Jose Mourinho wants to rebuild his defence this summer, but is facing competition from Everton .

Liverpool considered De Vrij last summer, while Everton were interested in January and Arsenalhave also been looking at him.

Lazio’s sporting director Igli Tare has confirmed talks over a new deal have ended with the 26-year-old making he clear he wants to go.

Tare said: “Lazio have withdrawn the proposal we made for a new contract to De Vrij. We are withdrawing, for reasons that we will explain later on.

“It was a choice made after many months of negotiations, but there is also a limit to how things went.

“He has been an exemplary professional and we thank him for that, as well as what he’ll do until the end of the season.


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