The 30-year-old is widely expected to depart San Siro over the coming months and could be a shock addition to the Midlands outfit as Steven Gerrard looks to embark on an ambitious transfer policy.
What is the latest news involving De Vrij?
Last season, De Vrij formed a formidable partnership alongside Alessandro Bastoni and Milan Skriniar as Inter claimed their first Serie A title in 11 years.
No side in the Italian top-flight conceded fewer goals than the 35 they leaked on their way to silverware, and the Netherlands international has continued to be a mainstay in the starting XI under new boss Simone Inzaghi, featuring from the off in 26 league games.
And according to Football Insider, Villa are keeping close tabs on the 6 foot 2 ace’s situation as Gerrard wants to bring ‘an A-list centre-back’ to Villa Park ahead of next season.
The report claims that De Vrij was valued around the £40 million mark by the Inter hierarchy in January, although due to his contract situation, that figure is likely to drop when the market reopens for business.
What has Jones said about De Vrij?
Jones believes that the title-winner would be a significant coup for Villa, especially as Gerrard is believed to be on the lookout for a ‘Tyrone Mings upgrade that is affordable’.
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He told GiveMeSport: “Stefan de Vrij would be an unbelievable addition, bringing in some much-needed experience to that backline and a winning mentality.
“I think that will really appeal to Steven Gerrard at a time when he’s looking for a Tyrone Mings upgrade that is affordable.”
What is Villa’s current centre-back situation?
Mings and Ezri Konsa have been the preferred partnership at the heart of defence for Villa this season, but there’s speculation that Gerrard is eager to break up that duo.
Konsa was an ever-present under former manager Dean Smith in the first part of the season, starting all 10 of the Premier League games he was available for.
And while he has still played fairly regularly under Gerrard, the former England Under-21 international has been dropped from the team on several occasions to accommodate Calum Chambers.
Gerrard has also openly stated that he will re-evaluate the captaincy situation over the summer, bringing Mings’ future into question and opening the door to De Vrij’s arrival.