Liverpool spin in circles as interest in Van Dijk alternative is rekindled


Liverpool are back in the hunt for Inter Milan defender Stefan De Vrij, according to reports in Italy.

De Vrij has been playing for Inter since 2018, establishing himself as a key player under Antonio Conte. He also solidified his place in the Dutch national team thanks to his form at club level. But his surroundings may soon change.

Inter are under financial pressure and may have to sell some of their major players this summer. The likes of Achraf Hakimi, Milan Skriniar and Romelu Lukaku have previously been linked with Premier League moves.

Now De Vrij is another player who must follow this path. According to Corriere Dello Sport, Liverpool have relaunched their pursuit.

De Vrij was actually on Liverpool’s radar before signing his compatriot Virgil van Dijk from Southampton. It’s fair to say that this deal has worked well, but the club have struggled while van Dijk has been injured this season.

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Therefore, they are looking to strengthen their backline. They signed Ozan Kabak on loan from Schalke and Ben Davies from Preston as emergency measures in January, but could consider other solutions this summer.

There is a purchase option in the Kabak contract, which Liverpool may choose to exercise. Even so, they continue to be linked to a number of defenders.

Now De Vrij is in the running again, according to Corriere Dello Sport. It is claimed that the recently dethroned Premier League champions (who look set to lose their crown to Manchester City) could make an offer for the 29-year-old.

Oddly enough, City themselves are mentioned as another club that could bid for De Vrij. Ruben Dias has been an outstanding addition since arriving last summer and John Stones has regained some form, but they could still weigh their options.

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And a third contender is Paris Saint-Germain, who have the financial capacity to compete with any club for big signings.

It is not yet clear how much De Vrij would cost, but with a contract until 2023, Inter are in no rush to sell him. However, that can change over time, which is why they are trying to extend his contract.

In the meantime, however, they might be susceptible to a big auction for one of their main players. Therefore, the chances of a move elsewhere – and possibly to the Premier League – cannot be ruled out.

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Liverpool looking for alternatives to Konate

Liverpool’s interest in De Vrij may stem from the fact that they seem to be moving away from their pursuit of Ibrahima Konate.

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There have been many conflicting claims about the future of the RB Leipzig defender. Some reports said he had undergone a medical examination with Liverpool, but others cast doubt on the deal.

According to the latest reports, Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff has been in contact with the Anfield club to find out the extent of their interest. The response was negative; Liverpool are not watching Konate at the moment.

That doesn’t mean, however, that they don’t want to strengthen their defense. Therefore, they could consider a number of other targets such as De Vrij.

In his case, they would have to make a suitable offer to have any chance of convincing Inter to sell.

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