Lazio have reached “complete agreement” with Stefan de Vrij over a new contract and are now waiting to hear back from the player’s agency.
Although Liverpool have been linked with Stefan de Vrij for several months with his current contract set to expire at the end of the season, the Dutchman has reached an agreement with Lazio to extend his deal.
Liverpool would have had a centre-back partnership made in Holland, with Virgil van Dijk joining from Southampton in January for £75 million.
However, Lazio’s sporting director Igli Tare has revealed that the Italian side are in “complete agreement” with de Vrij about the extension of his contract.
There is an issue, though, as the announcement of de Vrij’s contract extension is being delayed by an “issue” with his agency.
“I prefer not to talk about this tonight, there will be a communiqué soon to that effect,” Tare explained to Mediaset Premium.
“It’s more in than out though. There is complete agreement with the player, the problem is with his agency but these are bureaucratic matters.
“It’s a never-ending story but we’ll decide soon.”
Despite the announcement of a new contract being imminent, Goal UK’s Matthew Judge reports that there are noises coming out of Italian press that suggest a low release clause could be inserted into his contract to allow him to leave in the summer if he wanted to.
This means that Lazio would at least receive a fee rather than have him leave for free as so many players threaten to do as their contracts run down.
Liverpool could still make a move a move for de Vrij if this is the case although the understanding is that Klopp has a goalkeeper higher up on his transfer list.