Liverpool are reportedly one of the clubs preparing to make an offer for Inter Milan central defender Stefan de Vrij this summer.
The report claims Inter still view de Vrij as a key player and are set for contract talks in the summer in an attempt to keep him at the club.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Taking into consideration Inter’s stance on de Vrij, this does not appear to be a deal that is likely to happen for Liverpool ahead of next season. Inter clearly want to keep the centre-back and there is no suggestion in the article that de Vrij is ready to force an exit, whilst it does suggest that he is open to a new contract at Inter. If he signs an extension with the Italian giants then that could completely rule out a summer exit as it would show that he is committed to staying with Inter for the time being.
However, would de Vrij be a good addition to Liverpool’s squad if a move did materialise? Looking at the course of his career and what he has achieved, yes. De Vrij has bags of experience at the top level, having been a regular for Lazio and Inter in the Serie A since 2014, whilst also playing in the Europa League and the Champions League. He has also averaged an impressive WhoScored rating of 7.03 throughout his career, which shows a remarkable level of consistency over a number of years for two big clubs.
This suggests that he could add quality and experience to Liverpool’s centre-back options. He has also been reliable with his availability for matches, with at least 27 league starts in all four of the seasons leading up to the current one, with 24 to his name in the 2020/21 campaign.
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