Il Messaggero in Italy have been keeping their Stefan De Vrij to Manchester United story rumbling on over the course of the year, but now there’s been a little twist.
First, they claimed in December the Dutch centre-back was ‘one step away’ from joining José Mourinho’s side, before explaining in February that Manchester United had agreed a ‘first refusal’ option with Lazio worth £30m.
Then, other outlets starting pushing the idea that Chelsea had overtaken the Red Devils in the pursuit for the former Feyenoord defender, but Il Messaggero remained certain he was Old Trafford-bound, until now.
The reason behind this U-turn is the fact Stefan De Vrij is considering changing agents, clearly not entirely happy with SEG, the same company that dealt with Memphis Depay’s transfer to Manchester United.
Il Messaggero explain SEG had reached a pre-agreement with the Premier League side regarding De Vrij’s transfer to England, but since he was recently spotted having dinner with Paulo Dybala’s agent Pierpaolo Triulzi, that deal with United could be out of the window.
Furthermore, there is the possibility of him teaming up with Alessandro Lucci, who knows Lazio’s director of football well, and who could also rekindle renewal talks between the player and his current side.
If De Vrij does change agent, José Mourinho might need to start negotiations from scratch.
Then again, if the player wants the move to Old Trafford, and Manchester United want him, it doesn’t really matter who his agent is.