Liverpool reportedly enquired about a potential deal to sign £49.5m-rated Netherlands international Stefan de Vrij from Inter Milan.
According to an exclusive report from FCInterNews, Liverpool and Barcelona have both been in contact with Inter this year regarding a possible swoop for the defender.
The report claims de Vrij is happy at Inter and is working with his agent, Mino Raiola, to extend his current contract with the club to 2025.
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Transfermarkt value de Vrij at £49.5m and this suggests Liverpool could have had to pay a gigantic fee to even tempt Inter into selling the centre-back. From this point alone, Liverpool may not have been willing to complete a deal for the Dutchman, given the reported financial impact Covid-19 has had on the club heading into the summer transfer window.
De Vrij has been a star for Inter in the Serie A this season, with an impressive average WhoScored rating of 6.91 across 31 appearances in the league. He played a key role in Inter winning the Serie A title with his consistency at the back, which could be why Liverpool and Barcelona decided to touch base with the Italian side to see if he would be available this summer. Alas, it appears as though he will commit his future to Inter and reject any interest from elsewhere.
The enquiry from Liverpool may have been before the club decided to pursue a deal for Ibrahima Konate. Liverpool learning of de Vrij’s desire to remain in Italy could have promoted the club to agree personal terms with Konate, who is now reportedly set to join the club this summer for £30.5m.
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