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Manchester United interested in stop-gap defender Stefan de Vrij with budget price tag

Stefan De Vrij celebrating for Inter Milan

Manchester United’s interest in Inter Milan defender Stefan de Vrij remains and the defender could leave the San Siro this summer, according to a report.

The experienced centre-back has been linked with Chelsea this summer as a potential makeweight in the Romelu Lukaku loan. However, United have been mentioned as suitors with Italian transfer reporter Nicolo Schira suggesting United were in the race.

Newcastle are not an option, says Schira, while claim Inter were offering a swap deal with De Vrij in exchange for Gabriel Magalhaes.

Now Corriere della Sera, via Sport Witness claim that “Manchester United are interested”.

What’s more the defender’s exit “cannot be ruled out” this summer, say the Italian source.

De Vrij, 30, made 30 Serie A appearances last season and he has won Serie A and the Coppa Italia with Inter. His contract will expire next summer and he will be free to speak to interested clubs in January.

Inter are well stocked in central defence. They have the likes of Milan Skriniar, Alessandro Bastoni and Federico Dimarco among their options.

Inter may well try and sell the defender this summer with a fee of around €10m mentioned.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, the Nerazzurri recently offered him a new 12-month extension on lower terms. The player though rejected the proposal which was a deal on a significantly lower salary package.

De Vrij price tag €10m

That could spell the end for De Vrij at the San Siro. And he may well be a decent option for United boss Erik ten Hag.

Of course he would only be seen as a stop-gap option. But he would provide good competition for Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane.

He would also come relatively cheaply, although United would have to offer attractive personal terms.

But with Ten Hag intent on remodelling his midfield with the expensive signing of Frenkie de Jong, a budget central defender signing might well be perfect.

Ten Hag did want to sign Ajax defender Jurrien Timber. And that looked a goer until Louis van Gall intervened.

Fellow Ajax star Lisandro Martinez has also been mentioned as a target, but he would cost considerably more than De Vrij.

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