Liverpool asked Mino Raiola for more information about Stefan de Vrij, according to reports. The Reds weren’t successful, however.
This comes from FC Inter News, an affiliate of TuttoMercatoWeb. They claim that Liverpool, along with Manchester United, asked about Stefan de Vrij.
Mino Raiola represents the player and Liverpool supposedly wanted more information. It didn’t get anywhere, though, as De Vrij is set for a new contract.
The Dutchman never wanted to leave Internazionale, they say. Now he’s set to be the club’s third-highest earner on around £90k-a-week – behind only Romelu Lukaku and Christian Eriksen.
What RTK has to say
We’re not sure about this one. De Vrij is 28 and hardly seems like the right investment for this moment.
Both Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip are 29, after all. Surely, any new centre-half will be far younger in order to succeed those two.
But we could be wrong. Perhaps Liverpool wanted to know if De Vrij was available on the cheap in January. Then this one starts to make a bit more sense.
In reality, though, it sounds more likely that the Reds just had their name used in contract negotiations. That’s how it comes across, anyway.
De Vrij wanted a new deal and any inkling that Liverpool are nosing around is a fantastic bargaining chip for him and his agent.
There are some ways that this deal makes sense for Liverpool, though. They are in an injury crisis and may have neither Van Dijk or Joe Gomez this season.
Bringing in an experienced, reliable defender from January is a smart move – for the right price. It would have to be a very cheap price as you’re only really paying for six months.
As we say, there’s little reason to buy a 28-year-old centre-half for any longer than that. Assuming Van Dijk returns the same player, of course.
On the whole, though, we just can’t imagine there was ever too much interest.