Manchester United have registered an interest in Inter Milan defender Stefan de Vrij, Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport (today’s edition, page 5) claim.
The Red Devils are on the hunt for a new centre-back, and it has been recently cited that Ajax’s Jurrien Timber is the preferred target for manager Erik ten Hag.
However, the 20-year-old has second thoughts over a move in a World Cup year, and this could urge United to pursue alternative options in the transfer market.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Red Devils have now registered their interest in De Vrij, and are expected to monitor his situation over the coming days.
United currently have Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones as the regular central defensive options, but there will be a couple of exits.
Bailly and Jones could leave the club in the quest for regular first-team football, and this should open up a spot for a new signing that suits Ten Hag’s style of play.
Timber, 20, seems the preferred choice with plenty of potential, but De Vrij would also be a quality signing despite entering the backend of his playing career.
The 30-year-old completed an impressive 92 per cent of his passes in Serie A last term while winning four duels per game. He also made 1.7 clearances per appearance.
The Dutchman is well suited to handle the demands of the Premier League, and could be available for a knockdown price with his contract expiring next summer.
De Vrij, who is also on the radar of Premier League rivals Chelsea, could be prised away from the Nerazzurri for a relatively cheap fee of around €15 million.
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