Manchester United have agreed a fee with Feyenoord for the transfer of Dutch defender Stefan de Vrij. Reports suggest that the 22-year-old will become the third player to arrive at Old Trafford since Louis van Gaal was appointed manager, following the recent acquisitions of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw.
According to talkSPORT, who cite Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, De Vrij will cost the Red Devils around £8 million. Serie A outfit Lazio had been close to signing the centre-back, but the move eventually fell through.
Van Gaal bolsters his defence
Securing a new centre-back was one of Van Gaal’s top priorities on arrival at Old Trafford. The departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have left a gaping hole in United’s back-line, but De Vrij will come to provide competition for a first-team spot alongside Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans.
Despite De Vrij’s expected arrival, Van Gaal is expected to sign a more experienced centre-half ahead of the 2014/15 campaign. Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels is United’s number one defensive target, but a deal for the Germany international is a long way off at this moment in time.
United continue to spend
It’s clear that Manchester United mean business. Last season’s abject failure appears to have spurred on the club’s hierarchy to avoid repeating the same mistakes as last summer, when their top transfer targets ended up moving to other clubs.
Spanish midfielder Herrera completed a €36 million transfer from Athletic Bilbao to Old Trafford last Thursday, while England international Shaw followed a day later, completing a £27 million transfer from Southampton.
De Vrij’s signing with bring United’s total summer spend to roughly £63 million. But at least one or two big-name players are expected to arrive before the transfer window closes on September 2.
Man Utd fans: to watch De Vrij in action, click play on the video below…