An update has emerged regarding Everton’s interest in Inter defender Stefan de Vrij.
According to Calcio Mercato, Everton and Atletico Madrid are both showing an interest in the Dutch centre-back, although neither club have made an official offer as of yet.
The report claims that the Italian giants want to keep the defender and are currently working to extend his contract through to 2025.
Rafa Benitez must seal what could be a dream transfer for Everton this summer by bringing De Vrij to the club as he could be a terrific addition to the side. The 29-year-old has proven himself to be a reliable performer in Serie A and the Champions League throughout his career and could come in as a readymade starter, rather than a young player with a degree of unpredictability.
Ben Godfrey enjoyed a sensational first season at Goodison Park and was named the club’s Young Player of the Season as a reward for his efforts. Placing the 23-year-old alongside an experienced campaigner like De Vrij could only help improve his game further, as the Inter man could give him tips and show him the fine margins it takes to play at the very top level.
Former Lazio defender Mauricio hailed the Dutchman as a monster and praised his ability on the ball to play out from the back. He said: “We had a good understanding.
“We took Lazio into the Champions League after six seasons, finishing ahead of Napoli who were our big rival that year. Stefan is a great defender and deserves to be at a big club. He’s very tall, he’s strong and fast, he runs a lot – he’s a monster!
“He also has excellent technique and knows how to play the ball like few others, and that’s the difference between him and other players.
“He’s a calm defender who never gets agitated. He is a great person and a great friend, outside the pitch we were always together and that helped in our relationship too.”
The £124k-per-week beast has played well over 200 games across Serie A, Europa League and Champions League for Lazio and Inter in his career, with an excellent average WhoScored rating of 7.03. This shows that he has been consistently impressive whilst playing for massive clubs in some of the highest levels in football, which suggests that he could be a superb signing for Everton.
He could use his experience and quality to form a solid defensive partnership with Godfrey, which will hopefully help the former Norwich man take his game to the next level again. Therefore, Benitez should be doing all he can to get this move done and dusted.