An interesting situation is at hand with Stefan De Vrij becoming a free-agent this summer.
After failing to agree to terms with Lazio, both parties have announced this will be the last season De Vrij is playing in the Italian capital.
Sports Entertainment Group, the Dutchman’s agency held firm on their requests and Lazio admitted they could not be met. While the Biancoceleste lose out on their star defender and a hefty transfer fee, the rest of Europe wants to take advantage.
Multiple sources have named clubs like Napoli, Inter, Zenit St. Petersburg, Atletico Madrid and the big English sides as potential suitors. But the real winner will be the agency who have made massive demands.
Before even diving into the player’s salary, the group is asking for a €5.8 million commission fee, which for De Vrij still doesn’t seem like a lot of money.
For the player, the asking price is €4 million net per season plus bonuses, Corriere dello Sport reported on Tuesday.
A defender at the top of his game and at the apex of his career will be purchased in total for less than 10 percent of what he could have fetched. For Lazio, it’s a disastrous ending to a turbulent situation.