By 90Min
December 17, 2017

Liverpool are to miss out on yet another defensive target as Lazio’s Stefan de Vrij looks set to leave the Stadio Olimpico in January, however not Serie A, according to the Mirror

The 25-year-old has been on the Reds' radar for the past 12 months and was seen as a potential alternative to Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk. 

After the Merseysiders' failed pursuit to coax the Saints captain to Anfield due to the legality of their attempts, boss Jurgen Klopp was keen to step up his side's efforts in signing the Biancocelesti's fellow Netherlands international to shore up his back line. 

However, according to the report, Liverpool are to miss out on another priority transfer target, this time not for alleged back door antics, but simply due to a fellow superpower leading the chase. 

Inter Milan are said to have tabled a whopping £25m bid for the services of De Vrij, with the Scudetto chasers looking to maintain their impressive start to this year's campaign. 

The Dutchman came to promise during the 2014 World Cup, where Louis van Gaal offered him the chance to shine in Brazil. 

During that summer the former Feyenoord man secured a €7m (£6.3m) move to current fifth-place Lazio, where has been a regular feature in Simone Inzaghi's side. 

This season De Vrij has secured 14 starts out of a possible 15 for Biancocelesti in Serie A as well as two showings in his side's Europa League campaign. 

The 25-year-old's ability would certainly be a welcome addition to Klopp's XI, however the player is reportedly keen to remain in Italy, almost certainly ruling out Liverpool's chances following Inter's interest. 

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