One of Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal's stars from the World Cup attracted a bid from Serie A but the prospective transfer failed.
An established defender on the international circuit with the Netherlands national football team, Feyenoord athlete Stefan de Vrij could be on the cusp of a high-profile transfer away from the Eredivisie, according to the latest transfer news.
With a number of clubs alleged to be interest in his signature, the player will not be short of options, however, if he is going to enter into personal negotiations then any bidding party must place a substantial fee - as Serie A club Lazio recently found out when they had one offer rejected.
Director of Sport at Feynoord Martin van Geel said, as per RTV Rijnmond: "It is logical for the player to leave, but it has to be for the right club and the right price. I am happy we did not accept Lazio’s offer, as it was too low. After that, no other proposal has been received."
As Lazio have not returned with an improved bid, what is the Italian outfit's loss could be United's gain as van Gaal's apparent interest in the centre back has not waned despite a cooling of speculation amid the mainstream British media.
The Independent wrote yesterday, though, that van Gaal is looking at making de Vrij his first official signing, as previous imports Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera were brought in prior to the Dutchman taking control of the Old Trafford reins.
United, according to the report, are believed to be offering £10 million for de Vrij.