Lazio defender and Netherlands international Stefan De Vrij is to make a decision on his future on Saturday amid interest from Liverpool, according to a reliable journalist.
Italian football journalist Niccolo Ceccarini told Tutto Mercato Radio on Thursday that De Vrij is currently pondering his future, with several teams keen on his signature in the upcoming January window.
Ceccarini claims that the Dutch enforcer will inform Lazio of his decision on Saturday, with the signs pointing towards an exit from the club he has played for since 2014.
Alongside Liverpool, Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona are said to be interested in the 25-year-old.
De Vrij is said to not necessarily want to leave the Rome club, for whom he has become a key player over the last few years, but intense interest from some big clubs may have swayed him.
The 25-year-old shot to prominence at the 2014 World Cup, starting at the centre of defence for the Netherlands under Louis van Gaal as they finished third.
His performances in Brazil earned him his move to Italy, and he has been a mainstay in the Lazio team since that move.
Football Insider verdict:
Liverpool’s search for a new centre-back is looking to be one of the main stories in the January window, and De Vrij looks like he may be a central figure in that. The Dutch international is still only 25, and would represent a much cheaper option than his compatriot and long-term Reds target Virgil Van Dijk. However, there is a long queue of sides waiting to hear De Vrij’s decision, and Liverpool will have a fight on their hands if they want to secure his services next month.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the Reds have reportedly sanctioned the January exit of this 25-year-old.