The Dutch international could have been snapped up on the cheap from Feyenoord last summer.
Manchester United are being linked with a move for Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij this summer. It is reported by Gianluca Di Marzio that United are keen on the defender, along with his team-mate in the Italian capital Felipe Anderson.
The report also claims that Lazio have no interest in selling the player, which would be a real blow to United if he really is part of their summer transfer plans.
What makes that so frustrating for United fans is just how easily they could have got him last summer. De Vrij had just starred at the World Cup working under new manager Louis van Gaal but he ended up leaving Feyenoord for Rome for a fee reported by Voetbal International to be in the region of €7.5 million (£5.4 million). The most recently quoted price for De Vrij at the moment, from Metro back in May, is around £18.9 million - a huge increase on what he would have cost last summer.
What does it mean for United's defence?
De Vrij is a talented centre-back, who can also play right-back, so it would certainly suggest he is looking to shore up both positions.
Antonio Valencia has been filling in recently, with Rafael Da Silva seemingly not in the plans of the Dutchman.