According to the Daily Mirror Liverpool are going Dutch once again as the Premier League side weigh up a January swoop for Netherlands international Stefan de Vrij.
De Vrij is in the final year of his contract with the Serie A club and, while negotiations over a new deal continue to stall, Liverpool are keen on landing the Lazio defender for a cut price fee once the January Transfer window opens.
Jurgen Klopp had been chasing de Vrij’s compatriot Virgil van Dijk for some time but, with Southampton refusing to sell their captain, the German may have turned his attentions elsewhere.
His sight now appears fixed on de Vrij who, having overcome a terrible knee injury just 15 months into his career at Stadio Olimpico, has impressed for Lazio domestically and on the continent.
Liverpool’s awful defending this season has been well documented throughout Klopp’s two-year tenure at Anfield, and someone of de Vrij could potentially help.
De Vrij has helped keep three clean sheets in eight appearances for Lazio so far this term but his long-term future in the Italian capital is up in the air over a release clause fee being inserted into any new contract.
Lazio are intent on adding a fee of around €45m in any fresh terms put to the 25-year-old and his advisers, but de Vrij’s agent is insisting that the buy-out clause be much lower – hopeful of negotiating a fee as low as €25m.