Netherlands International and Feyenoord Center-Back Stefan De Vrij is set to join his international coach Louis Van Gaal at Manchester United.
English Premier League side Manchester United have lost two of their experienced defenders in Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand as free agents. With Louis Van Gaal set to arrive at Old Trafford after his World Cup 2014 duty with Netherlands, the Dutchman’s first task will be to sort out his defence.
Earlier it was reported that Premier League sides Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are interested in bringing the Feyenoord man to England. 21-year-old center back, along with his partner Bruno Martins Indi, was getting rave reviews in Eredivisie with Feyenoord. Their performances were widely acknowledged, and they showed experience, composure and maturity beyond their years. Netherlands boss Louis Van Gaal, duly acknowledged their incredible performances by entrusting Netherlands hopes in their young shoulders. Stefan De Vrij, Bruno Martins Indi and Ron Vlaar have stepped upto the occasion in FIFA 2014 World Cup, and the trio has lead the Oranje into top 8 of the marquee event yet again.
Stefan De Vrij’s rising stock before the World Cup had resulted in interest from clubs across the Europe. Italian Serie A side SS Lazio, were the leading candidates for his signature prior to the World Cup. Things have taken a twist with his World Cup performance and he is been highly regarded by the incoming Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal. Van Gaal has made him a priority signing for next season, and the reports have emerged that Manchester United has pipped Lazio for Stefan De Vrij’s signature.
The reported deal for Stefan De Vrij is worth £8 million according to Metro. Red Devils hierarchy are planning a double swoop on Feyenoord with right back Daryl Janmaat the other player linked with a move to the Theatre of Dreams. Feyenoord Coach Fred Rutten has accepted the reality and is expecting few ins and outs at his club:
“I signed a contract with Feyenoord in the fullest sense. If players leave then you should not moan. Players always leave if a club is successful. I am confident that there will be an adequate response and worthy replacements will return.”
The departure of Nemandja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand has left Manchester United short on options at the center back position. Also the current crop of Johny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling aren’t that imposing characters on and off the pitch to carry the weight of expectations at Old Trafford. Manchester United are also keen on Arsenal defender Thomas Vermalean, and the acquisition of Stefan De Vrij might complete Louis Van Gaal’s options at the heart of the defence.