Tottenham Hotspur could seal an “unbelievable signing” in Stefan de Vrij this summer transfer window.
That’s according to Eurosport transfer insider Dean Jones, who delivered an encouraging claim to GIVEMESPORT earlier this week.
Reports in Italy suggest that Spurs are leading the race to sign the Inter Milan colossus with the Serie A outfit tempted to offload the Netherlands international due to him entering the final year of his current contract.
It remains to be seen how much the 30-year-old would command, given his contractual situation and age, though Transfermarkt currently estimate his value to be in the region of £40.5m.
“If they can get De Vrij, I think that would be an unbelievable signing and would fit perfectly for where they want to go in the next couple of years,” the reliable reporter said.
De Vrij is a player that Lilywhites boss Antonio Conte knows very well as the defender played a crucial role in the Italian’s backline on their way to their first Scudetto in over a decade last season.
As part of the division’s most formidable defence, the 6 foot 2 powerhouse won an average of two aerial duels and 1.3 interceptions per game, on top of a seasonal passing accuracy of 93.8%, which is pretty outstanding, across 32 appearances, as per WhoScored.
He continues to be a rock-solid option under new management, averaging 2.5 aerial duels won, 1.4 tackles and a 92.1% passing accuracy per game in the Serie A this term.
By comparison, no Spurs player is winning more headers or making as many accurate passes, so evidently, he’s an instant upgrade on what Conte’s currently got at his disposal.
And given their poor defensive record in recent weeks, De Vrij could be everything he badly needs to improve such a crucial area of the pitch.
The 30-year-old Dutchman, once dubbed a “monster” by his former Lazio teammate Mauricio, would be the perfect summer addition for sporting director Fabio Paratici to land.
Their interest is evident, if not obvious based on Conte’s history with the colossus. He must be atop their priorities when the transfer window reopens this off-season.