Dutch World Cup defender eyeing transfer - Manchester United beckoning?

Stefan De Vrij

Feyenoord defender Stefan de Vrij has declared he will probably leave the club this summer - could Manchester United be interested?

De Vrij, 22, has made over 150 appearances for Feyenoord since breaking into the side in 2009, and having impressed during his five seasons in the first team, the central defender has unsurprisingly attracted interest from a number of clubs around Europe.

Liverpool and Tottenham were linked with the defender throughout the season whilst Lazio reportedly had a bid rejected recently, but after Manchester United appoint Holland boss Louis van Gaal as the man to replace David Moyes as manager at Old Trafford, the Red Devils have been linked with a number of Dutch players.

One of those has been centre back de Vrij, especially after United allowed long serving duo Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand to leave the club on free transfers this summer. The pair have been together in the heart of the United defence for some time now, and their departures leave gaping holes in the defence - and de Vrij could be seen as a potential replacement.

If van Gaal decides to play a three-man backline at this summer's World Cup - which it appears that he will - then de Vrij is likely to start alongside Feyenoord teammate Bruno Martins Indi and Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar for Holland in Brazil, and he can put himself in the shop window with impressive displays.

Regardless, de Vrij has already admitted that he is likely to leave Holland this summer in order to move on to bigger things, but it appears that he is leaving his future in the hands of his agent.

"The chances are that I will leave, I can probably confirm this. I am with the Dutch national team so I don’t know the exact details," said the defender.

With a reported £6.5m fee on the defender's head, de Vrij would be a low-cost solution to United's defensive worries, but fans would surely be hoping for a bigger name than the 22-year-old.

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