We’re used to players pulling out of talks with clubs, but not the other way around. That’s exactly what Lazio have done though, and the move is set to spark a scramble for 26-year-old Stefan de Vrij signature, reports Sky Sports.
Liverpool were heavily linked with the Netherlands international last summer and Lazio sporting director Igle Tare told local media, “Lazio have withdrawn the proposal we made for a new contract to De Vrij.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.”
Tare hinted that while the club felt it conducted itself properly, there were external pressures on the player. Dragging out the talks meant Lazio were unable to proceed with negotiations and will look to cash in on the 31-times capped international.
It’s a move which will put Juventus on alert as Max Allegri seeks to refresh his ageing backline while Manchester United and Chelsea are both in the market for central defenders.
Lazio, it seems, won’t be short of suitors.