Tottenham Hotspur will be “confident” of signing Stefan de Vrij this month…
That’s according to journalist Paul Brown, who delivered a claim about Spurs’ interest in the Inter Milan defender to GIVEMESPORT recently.
Back in November, Football Insider revealed that the Dutch centre-back had told friends that he would be interested in a switch to north London to work under his former boss Antonio Conte. It’s thought that the Italian rates De Vrij a lot higher than Milan Skriniar, who was close to joining the Lilywhites during the 2020 summer transfer window.
Brown claimed: “I think they’d be fairly confident (of signing De Vrij). It just depends if Inter have a realistic price for him considering he doesn’t have long left on his contract.”
It’s believed that the addition of a new central defender is among the priorities for Spurs during the January transfer window, and Conte’s former star could fit the bill greatly.
That’s hardly a surprise given that it is arguably one of the weakest areas of the pitch right now. Summer signing Cristian Romero is out injured and left-back Ben Davies is playing in the middle, whilst the remaining options of Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, Joe Rodon and Japhet Tangnaga have gone through inconsistencies and often cause mistakes.
Conte has tons of familiarity with De Vrij as the 6 foot 2 colossus played an integral role towards Inter securing their first Serie A title in over a decade, in which the Nerazzurri also recorded the best defensive record in the league.
In 2020/21, the 55-cap defender averaged an impressive 93.8% passing accuracy across 32 appearances, excelling with the ball at his feet, on top of two aerial duels won and 1.3 interceptions per league outing, proving to be a physical beast too (via WhoScored).
De Vrij was once lauded as a “monster” by his former Lazio teammate Mauricio, who told ESPN: (via Football Italia) “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!”. Mauricio later added: “He’s a calm defender who never gets agitated.”
It remains to be seen how much the Serie A giants would command for their leading defender, though Transfermarkt’s £40.5m valuation suggests that he wouldn’t come cheap.
However, on the above evidence, De Vrij would be a much-needed and welcome addition, especially considering how much Conte loves him. Spurs must look to seal his signature before the end of the month.