Liverpool in real danger of losing 26-year-old top-class Dutch target

Liverpool and Manchester United have reportedly missed out on the signing of Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij after he opted to join Inter Milan instead.

The 26-year-old is available on a free transfer at the end of this season after confirming that he will not pen fresh terms at the Stadio Olimpico, leading to a rush from a number of top European clubs for his signature.

Liverpool were understood to be keen to pair De Vrij with his international teammate Virgil van Dijk at the heart of their defence, whereas Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho had considered him as an option in his expected defensive overhaul.

Man City were also looking at the Dutchman as further cover for the injury-prone Vincent Kompany, while Barcelona were among the other clubs to have been credited with an interest.

However, Gazzetta dello Sport claims that De Vrij has instead decided to stay in Italy and will join Inter when his contract officially expires this summer.

De Vrij has made 36 appearances across all competitions for Lazio this season, scoring five goals.