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De Vrij to Inter Milan? Reports suggest deal is done

Dutch defender could leave Lazio in the summer for the San Siro.

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Stefan De Vrij and Adam Marusic of SS Lazio celebrate the 0-1 goal scored by Stefan De Vrij during the serie A match between SSC Napoli and SS Lazio at Stadio San Paolo on February 10, 2018 in Naples, Italy.
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New reports out of Italy are that Inter Milan have completed a deal to bring Lazio defender Stefan De Vrij to the San Siro this summer.

Gazzetta dello Sport and have reported the Nerazzurri have a deal in place and are just polishing up the final details before it is complete.

Cagliari Calcio v SS Lazio - Serie A
Stefan De Vrij of SS Lazio in action during the serie A match between Cagliari Calcio and SS Lazio at Stadio Sant’Elia on March 11, 2018 in Cagliari, Italy.
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If it’s true, once the details are ironed out, the contract will be sent to Lega Serie A and an announcement will be made.

However, there is one likely caveat to the entire deal: Inter will have to make the Champions League.

In February, Lazio’s director of sport, Igli Tare said talks were at a standstill and the Dutchman would not return to Lazio next season.

“De Vrij will not renew with Lazio. At the end of the season our roads will separate. The negotiations for the renewal are finished,” Tare said, as quoted by several media outlets. Because of that, he will leave Lazio on a free transfer.

He joined Lazio from Feyenoord for €7 million in 2014, but his value has since skyrocketed to as high as €35 million, according to

It is reported the Nerazzurri will pay De Vrij nearly €4 million in net wages annually as part of the deal, but if Inter doesn’t make the Champions League, it is unlikely they would be able to afford him.

One possible solution is Miranda returning to his home country of Brazil or to Spain to finish his playing career – of which some have suggested is a possibility. If that all happens, Inter could see a backline of De Vrij and standout Milan Skriniar next season.

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