Everton in strong position to make a statement by beating Liverpool to Stefan de Vrij

de Vrij

Everton and Liverpool are both chasing Inter Milan defender Stefan De Vrij, according to Tuttosport and relayed via Sport Witness.

The Holland international would be an exceptional addition for either the Reds or the Toffees.

However, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has plenty of central defensive options at Anfield.

Virgil Van Dijk has returned from injury and Ibrahima Konate was recently signed from RB Leipzig.

De Vrij in action for Holland

Meanwhile, Everton boss Rafa Benitez really needs to bring a top-class centre-back to Goodison Park.

Everton well placed to beat Liverpool to de Vrij

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will probably now be focusing his attention on strengthening his central midfield and attacking ranks.

And that may well leave the door open for Benitez to swoop in.

Everton have an excellent relationship with the 29-year-old’s agent Mino Raiola, according to Tuttosport.

He would also have a better chance of regular action with the Toffees than with the Reds.

In 32 Serie A appearances for Inter last season, De Vrij averaged one tackle, 1.3 interceptions and 2.9 clearances per game.

He won an average of two aerial duels per match.

De Vrij in action for Inter Milan last season

The Dutchman made an average of 61.3 passes per game and registered an impressive completion rate of 93.8%.

De Vrij is available for around €40 million (£33.8m) this summer, according to Sempre Inter. He would be a superb signing for Everton.

With Raiola’s alleged relationship with the Toffees and Liverpool now well covered in the central defensive department, Benitez should have an excellent chance of bringing de Vrij to Goodison this summer.

Stats obtained via WhoScored.

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