Premier League giants have been alerted to availability of Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij after the club confirmed they have opened the doors for his departure in the summer, according to reports.
de Vrij joined Lazio from Dutch Club Feyenoord in the summer of 2014 and he has been a revelation for the side since then. The 26-year-old Dutch centre-back has his impressive career blighted by injury but the Stadio Olimpico outfit were willing to hand him an improved contract.
de Vrij has ran down his contract and Lazio confirmed that the star will be allowed to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool heavily linked with a move.
“Lazio have withdrawn the proposal we made for a new contract to De Vrij,” director of sport Igli Tare told Italian outlet Mediaset Premium.
“We are withdrawing for reasons that we will explain later on.
“It was a choice made after me any 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.
“He gave a lot to the club, just as we gave a great deal to him, but our paths will divide in June.
“It’s a matter of fairness. This is not the opportune time to give the reasons for this decision, but we had to give a response and we gave it this evening.
“It is better to look forward, as Lazio are a side who have grown in recent years and will continue to grow, because we certainly do not lack players.”
de Vrij is thought to be high on the transfer wishlist of Manchester United – the Red Devils may part ways with either Chris Smalling or Phil Jones in the summer and they cannot sell any of the aforementioned players without signing a replacement for them.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are in the need of players but there is no telling if they will go for a centre-back as that is not a priority at the moment. for Liverpool, the defence has been a perennial problem for the side and are looking to sign a more assured partner for Virgil Van Dijk.
Since the player will be allowed to leave on a free transfer, i am sure Arsenal will pounce on him for a deal.