Stefan de Vrij will leave Lazio this summer on a free transfer after the club’s sporting director confirmed as much and it could open the door for Liverpool to make a move.
Although there has been a resurgence in form from Dejan Lovren and it’s nice to entertain conversation that he could get over his mistakes at the back, the safer route is to buy a more trustworthy defender.
One such player exists in Lazio’s Stefan de Vrij and according to the club’s sporting director Igli Tare, a new contract will not be signed by the Dutchman and he will be free to leave the club at the end of the season.
Tare said: “It’s a decision made after many months. There’s a limit to everything. We will say goodbye at the end of the season.”
Such an announcement seems odd given that little under two weeks ago, the director told Mediaset Premium that Lazio and de Vrij were in ‘complete agreement’ over a new deal and that he would be staying past this summer.
Goal’s Matthew Judge had written that as a safety net for the player an agreement had been made that a low release clause would be inserted into his contract to allow him to leave if he wanted to.
However, things may have changed and as things look, the Dutchman will be a free agent in the summer which means clubs all over Europe will be chasing his signature and Liverpool should be at the front of that race.
Given that Liverpool signed Virgil van Dijk in the winter transfer for £75 million, it would be great business if Jurgen Klopp built on that by signing de Vrij as his partner.