In Focus: De Vrij is a must sign for Man United

According to Mediaset Premium, cited by Bleacher Report, Lazio’s director, Igli Tare has confirmed that Stefan De Vrij will leave the club in the summer transfer window. Manchester United are one of the teams interested in the Dutch defender.

What’s the story?

Lazio’s director has confirmed that the club have withdrawn their contract offer for De Vrij whose contract expires with the Serie A club at the end of the season. It is believed that Manchester United and Liverpool are interested in the 26-year-old.

The Italian club refused offers for the defender last summer, yet they’ll be powerless to resist the Dutchman from departing the club, and he’s currently free to sign pre-contract agreements with foreign teams.

What will he bring?

Despite being a defender, he’s proven to be a useful goal threat during his time with Lazio. In 252 appearances for the Italian club, De Vrij has scored 14 goals – four of which have been scored this season.

He’s a commanding presence at the back, thanks to his towering height. Additionally, he’s graced with good technical ability. Without question, he’s highly regarded for his unwavering defensive contribution.

Does Mourinho need him?

While considering the number of defenders that Jose Mourinho has at his disposal, one would argue that the Red Devils do not need further defensive reinforcement. Another defensive arrival could hinder the youth’s chances of establishing themselves as first-team players such as Axel Tuanzebe.

Nonetheless, De Vrij is a superior option to both Phil Jones, Daley Blind and Chris Smalling. Additionally, Marcos Rojo’s immediate future at United is in the balance. Thus, the arrival of De Vrij could serve to enhance the quality of Mourinho’s defence.

One can envisage the Dutchman forming a formidable partnership with Eric Bailly at the heart of United’s defence. He would be a good signing for the Red Devils.