Louis van Gaal rejects opportunity to sign Dutch star

by Dan Cancian

Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal will not be signing Feyenoord defender Stefan de Vrij this summer after turning the down the opportunity to secure the Holland international’s services for a fee of around £6.5m, according to The Mirror.

With Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic leaving the club at the end of the season, United’s back four is in need of reinforcements and the 22-year-old Feyenoord defender was thought to be one of the possible replacements for the two centre-backs.

The Feyenoord defender, who scored four goals in 32 Eredivisie games last season, has spent his whole career at the De Kuip Stadion, progressing through the Rotterdam club’s youth ranks before making his debut in 2009 and had attracted interest from a host of European clubs, with Spurs and Everton reported to be keen on the 22-year-old whose contract with Feyenoord is set to expire at the end of next season.

Having all but agreed terms with Serie A outfit Lazio, negotiations looked to have stalled as De Vrij’s camp seemed determined to keep their client’s options open once they were made aware of Van Gaal’s interest.

However, with United now not willing to pursue their interest, the Holland international, who is part of the Dutch contingent at the World Cup,may finalise a move to Lazio.

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