Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton have been keeping a close eye on Feyenoord youngster Stefan de Vrij and a summer deal could be on the cards after his future was thrown into doubt.
The Gunners, Reds and Toffees were all in attendance at Feyenoord's impressive 2-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven at the weekend and are all interested in the possibility of signing the 22-year-old this summer, according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. De Vrij has been impressive for the Eredivisie club since breaking into the first team as an 18-year-old, but reports last week suggested he could be about to leave.
Feyenoord technical director Martin van Geel confirmed contract negotiations had broken down and would need to be readdressed after the summer. Arsenal are reportedly ready to have a number of defensive issues to address in the summer and the young Holland international would be a typical Arsene Wenger signing.
Both Bacary Sagna and captain Thomas Vermaelen are reportedly on the way out of Emirtates Stadium come the summer. That would leave Wenger with only Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal as recognised senior defenders, so reinforcements would be crucial.
Meanwhile, Liverpool look certain to be in the Champions League next season, whether their Premier League title challenge is successful or not, and greater squad depth will be required. Not playing in Europe this season has been a blessing in disguise for them, as they have been able to play the most settled line-up in the league so far this season, as well as making the fewest substitutions.
De Vrij is expected to travel with Holland to the World Cup this summer and his stalling on a new contract could have a lot to do with that. Some impressive performances in Brazil could see him earn a lucrative move to the likes of the Premier League.