Manchester United have a chance to land their first signing under Louis van Gaal after Stefan de Vrij put a move to Serie A on hold in the hope that he can land a move to Old Trafford.
Van Gaal assurances
According to the Mirror, the Netherlands international has been assured that his manager at the World Cup is ready to give the green light to a £10million transfer to reunite them at club level.
Lazio are desperate to land the 22-year-old Feyenoord star after he impressed for Oranje at the Worlc Cup in Brazil.
However, De Vrij is refusing to discuss a move to Rome while there is still a chance to secure a move to Manchester United. Feyenoord are resigned to losing the centre-back, but will be pleased he had a prominent role in Holland’s surprise third-place finish, which should ensure they get a good price for him.
De Vrij’s contract only has a year left, so the Eredivisie club will not be getting as big a deal as they would normally for such a promising talent, but the £10million the report claims Van Gaal is ready to have Manchester United spend on him would translate as a good return.
The Old Trafford club are in need of central defensive recruits after both Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand left on free transfers this summer. Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are all still in place at Manchester United, but none of the trio have particularly impressive when given opportunities.