Man United line up Dutch international as Sergio Ramos alternative

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is said to be lining up Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij as an alternative for Sergio Ramos, according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

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Van Gaal is already more than familiar with the 23-year-old, having taken him to Brazil for last summer’s World Cup, playing in all seven of his country’s games as they chalked up a third place finish.

However, though the report does not state how much it will cost to prize him away from the Italian capital, it is thought that he won’t come cheap as he is still under contract with Lazio until 2018.

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Earlier this week, United lodged a £28.6m bid to sign Sergio Ramos. However, despite the troubles Ramos has had with negotiating a new deal with the Spanish giants, there is a feeling that he is using United’s interest as a bargaining chip.

But both reports suggest that the Red Devils are serious about bolstering their defensive numbers ahead of the new campaign.

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