Over the past month or so, we have seen the idea that Stefan De Vrij could leave Inter in the summer pushed by more than one Italian outlet.

This stems from the fact that the player’s contract with the Serie A side expires in 2023, and with a renewal seemingly hard to come by, an exit could be on the cards this summer.

That’s something Antonio Conte could be excited about, since the Dutchman was a star under him in their title winning season at Inter, and a reunion at Tottenham is something he thinks about.

Earlier this month, for example, it was stated the centre-back was a ‘request’ of the Italian manager’s, as Spurs will undoubtedly need to sign a defender to add strength in depth to their squad, with the Netherlands international an ideal man for a three at the back formation.

Gazzetta dello Sport look at the latest on the situation, explaining that Simone Inzaghi’s decision to leave out the reported Tottenham target of the game against Juventus and instead place Milan Skriniar on the left of his defensive trio paid off, as they won 1-0 and the Slovakian ‘cancelled’ out the threat posed by Dusan Vlahovic.

This means the Dutchman is ‘no longer essential’, and the Italian side ‘can consider partially renewing the department by sacrificing the former Lazio player’.

The team didn’t seem to ‘suffer’ without De Vrij, which is now a ‘starting point’ the club can look at ‘to evaluate a separation’ this summer.

De Vrij has ‘seemed expendable’, and has ‘several connoisseurs abroad’, among which can likely be found Tottenham, which would make him a ‘good candidate to collect an adequate sum’ in the next transfer market.

A fee of €25m is touted by Gazzetta, although that remains to be seen, but it appears that the idea of an exit in the coming months isn’t something Inter would be against, providing a boost for Spurs in their potential pursuit of the player.