Manchester United have no agreement for target Stefan de Vrij

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Manchester United are not close to signing Stefan de Vrij and no agreement is in place for him to join Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford after the World Cup.

The Evening Standard are one of a number of outlets running with quotes from his agent that claim reports of an imminent deal with the Red Devils were unfounded and that the Feyenoord star was only concentrating on the World Cup.

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Manchester United were reportedly on the verge of completing a deal for the Netherlands international after hijacking a move for him by Serie A side Lazio. However, neither club has entered into any advanced negotiations and talk of an imminent move is unfounded, according to the agent (who goes unnamed in the reports).

No agreement

"We have no agreement with Manchester United, nor have we signed for them,” he said.

“I don’t know where this rumour came from. Stefan is concentrated only on the World Cup and he wants to continue doing well. Links to Lazio? No comment.”

Interest makes sense

Interest in De Vrij from Manchester United would be understandable as he is one of the first names on Van Gaal’s team sheet for Oranje and had put in a number of impressive displays in their journey to the semi-finals.

A dramatic penalty shoot-out victory against Costa Rica in the quarter-final on Saturday night set up a clash with Lionel Messi’s Argentina on Wednesday and meant Manchester United would have to wait a little longer for the arrival of their new boss.

Experience required

One concern for Van Gaal when he does arrive will be the centre of his defence, as the departure of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic has left a dearth of experience at the back. Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans have all operated in this position, but none have done so with any great authority in the past two seasons.

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