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Manchester United table £18m bid to sign Serie A centre-back

Manchester United have reportedly made an opening offer of £18m to sign Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij this summer, though the bid has been rejected by the Italian side.

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The Netherlands international has had a strong first season in Serie A after also being tracked by United manager Louis van Gaal last year, though he could struggle once again to bring the player to Old Trafford.

The Red Devils look in need of improvements to their backline for next season, with players like Jonny Evans unconvincing in their roles this season, while youngsters Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair have played a surprisingly high number of first-team games.

De Vrij looks like he’d be an improvement in that part of the pitch, but according to the Daily Mirror, Lazio are holding firm over the 23-year-old as they look to keep him at the Stadio Olimpico as part of their plans for next season.

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