Liverpool have reportedly made a bid for Stefan De Vrij as their hopes of bringing Virgil van Dijk to Anfield decrease – however face a battle against a host of European clubs.
With the January transfer window fast approaching, Liverpool are expected to enter the market to sign a new central defender.
Dejan Lovren has come in for heavy criticism this season and was dropped to the bench in yesterday’s 5-0 win over Swansea.
Liverpool made an approach for Van Dijk in the summer but the club were forced to apologise with Southampton complaining of foul-play.
And the south coast club refused to budge on their £70million valuation of the Holland international, pricing Liverpool out of a move in the summer.
But Italian newspaper Tuttosport claim Liverpool have already moved ahead with plans for an alternative to Van Dijk.
It is said Lazio are ‘pessimistic’ about De Vrij agreeing to a contract renewal, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.
That would mean Liverpool would be able to open negotiations over a pre-contract deal next month.
Liverpool and Atletico Madrid have already reportedly made offers for the 25-year-old while Juventus are supposedly showing some interest as well. However it is suggested that Barcelona could enter the fray to sign the defender.
We will have to see. Maybe it’s a smokescreen for an impending Virgil van Dijk offer….?