Report: Tottenham eye £34m-rated defender, seven other clubs interested
By Dominic Toner
Tottenham are one of eight clubs interested in Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij, according to a report.
Italian outlet Il Tempo claim that Spurs are eyeing the 24-year-old defender, but face competition from a number of top European clubs.
It is understood that Chelsea, Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Inter are all interested.
The report details that the eight teams will knock on the door soon for the defender as his Lazio future currently hangs in the balance, with the summer transfer window the most likely time for him to depart.
Il Tempo claim that Lazio are unlikely to keep hold of De Vrij and have a £34million valuation of him, which is likely to drop significantly as his current contract is set to expire in 2018.
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De Vrij is a crucial player for Serie A club and has made 14 appearances this season, but missed a large part through injury.
The centre-back has racked up 54 appearances for Lazio and also previously played 154 times for Dutch club Feyenoord.
He is a regular for Holland’s national team and has already racked up 30 caps for his country.
Football Insider verdict:
Spurs’ interest in De Vrij makes sense as he is a highly rated defender and is attracting the interest from some of Europe’s big clubs. The 24-year-old is entering the peak of his career soon and his large price tag is understandable. However, Mauricio Pochettino would have to seriously evaluate his defensive options before making a move for De Vrij. Spurs already have two of the Premier League’s best centre-backs in Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in their squad. They have also used Eric Dier in that position since the switch to the 3-4-3 formation, while Kevin Wimmer, Ben Davies and emerging youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers are also alternatives. Pochettino already has several centre-back options and would definitely have to offload before making a move.
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