Lazio frightened by Manchester United’s interest in Dutchman

by Sam Peoples

Following an impressive display for the Dutch national side in their 5-1 demolition of current World Cup holders Spain, Stefan De Vrij is being linked with numerous clubs across Europe.

The 6ft 3in defender, who has played well over 100 times for club side Feyenoord, has attracted attention from Roberto Martinez of Everton who, according to the Daily Mail, has been on a scouting trip to watch the 22-year-old defender along with team mates Bruno Martins Indi and Jeremaine Lens.

However, contrasting stories have emerged from Italian newspaper Il Messaggero, who claim Lazio are front runners in the hunt to sign De Vrij despite a couple of concerns.

Reports suggest club President Claudio Lotito will travel to Rotterdam to meet with Feyenoord senior staff in order to get his man.

The article goes on to say that Lazio understand De Vrij’s value will increase thanks to the World Cup but their main concern is that Manchester United might make a move for the player rather than an increased price.

De Vrij is currently on international duty with his manager Louis Van Gaal, so the obvious links will be made just like they have been with Daley Blind, Martins Indi and others.

The Dutch defender, who made a secret visit to Italy to watch Lazio against Verona last season, is still expected to complete his move to the Stadio Olimpico but the constant link to United still lingers and is obviously a concern to Lotito.

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