Liverpool ready to challenge Juve in race for £35m-rated rebel centre-back

Liverpool target Stefan de Vrij is hoping to resolve his future by Friday.

The defender’s current contract with Lazio is due to expire at the end of the season and negotiations over a new deal have stalled.

That has sparked interest from Liverpool, as well as Italian champions Juventus, who are both eager to sign the Dutchman for free in the summer.

Lazio are desperate for De Vrij to agree new terms and, according to Corriere dello Sport, a meeting is schedule for Friday.

The centre-back’s agent is flying to Rome to meet with chiefs from the Italian club as they look to finally sort out his client’s future.

The sticking point is believed to be a release clause in De Vrij’s new contract, with Lazio and the player unable to agree on the amount it should be set at.