Stefan de Vrij wanted by a number of European clubs including Manchester United

Stefan de Vrij wanted by a number of European clubs including Manchester United

It appears that Dutch centre half Stefan De Vrij is one of Manchester United’s defensive targets this summer but there is going to be some stiff competition for his signature.

Andy Mitten named De Vrij alongside Mats Hummels, Daley Blind and Thomas Vermaelen as defensive targets United are looking at signing to bolster the squad.

Following some impressive performances for Holland at this year’s World Cup, the Feyenoord defender has attracted the attention of both United and Lazio, but now there are further clubs interested in his services.

It was believed that a deal to join Lazio had been agreed back in May following the player going to the Stadio Olimpico on a secret visit but reports coming from Italian newspaper Il Messaggero suggest that interest in the defender has grown, with the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Schalke, Liverpool and Everton all joining the race for his signature.

The article claims that Lazio have had an offer of €6.5m rejected by Feyenoord, who are holding out for a deal in excess of €8m.

It has been widely reported that new United boss Louis Van Gaal, who managed De Vrij whilst in charge of Holland, is keen on bringing the 22-year-old to Old Trafford. The interest from Dortmund could however depend on the stance United adopt, as they may view De Vrij as an ideal replacement for Hummels, who is Van Gaal’s primary defensive target following the departure of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic this summer

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