Liverpool have long been linked with a move for Lazio central defender Stefan de Vrij.

The towering Dutchman has been in excellent form for his side throughout the course of the last two seasons and as a result of this, has attracted interest from some of the top clubs across Europe.

Liverpool signed Virgil van Dijk in January as they aimed to finally secure the final piece of their defensive jigsaw, however, it seems there is still work to be done with the trio of Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan still failing to convince.

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De Vrij could still be on the Reds’ radar and according to La Repubblica out in Italy, via talkSPORT, the defender is yet to put pen to paper over a new contract at Lazio.

The Serie A side are desperate to retain De Vrij’s services but it seems negotiations are somewhat complex. It’s claimed that the centre-back’s agent is demanding a 20 per cent cut of any future transfer fee involving De Vrij, much to the annoyance of Lazio.

Talks between De Vrij and Lazio have been ongoing for some time now and a positive conclusion is yet to be reached, with Liverpool still said to be monitoring the situation.