Defender keen to make Manchester United move

Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij is keen on moving to Manchester United according to reports, despite interest from around the Premier League.

The Dutch defender has attracted attention from at least four Premier League clubs, including Liverpool, Arsenal, Everton and Manchester United in recent weeks after displaying some excellent form in the Italian capital.

The 26-year-old, who was linked with a move to Old Trafford in 2014, is out of contract at the end of the season, and had been in discussions with the Serie A club regarding a new deal.

However, Lazio’s sporting director Igli Tare has confirmed talks over a new deal have ended with the 26-year-old making he clear he wants to leave.

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Tare said: “Lazio have withdrawn the proposal we made for a new contract to De Vrij. We are withdrawing, for reasons that we will explain later on.

“It was a choice made after many months of negotiations, but there is also a limit to how things went.

“He has been an exemplary professional and we thank him for that, as well as what he’ll do until the end of the season.

“He gave a lot to the club, just as we gave a great deal to him, but our paths will divide in June.

“We did things the right way, but things changed at the last moment. We no longer wish to continue along this path.

“The only thing certain is that in the world there are no lack of players.”

It is claimed that he has received an offer from Manchester United, and could join the club in the summer on a free transfer.

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