With former Arsenal target Stefan de Vrij out of contract at the end of the season, could the 25-year-old provide a cheap solution to the Gunners’ defensive problems?

Lazio defender De Vrij is out of contract out of the end of the season.

The 25-year-old, who was linked with Arsenal in 2016, hasn’t put pen to paper on a new deal and allegedly has a £22m release clause. 

The Dutchman, therefore, could be a cheap solution to the Gunners’ defensive frailties.

De Vrij , who signed for the Italian club from Feyenoord in 2014, was rumoured to have extended his current deal with Lazio back in November. Reports since have denied this.

The 25-year-old has also been linked with Barcelona and Liverpool but Jurgen Klopp’s just signed Virgil van Dijk for £75m and the Catalans have reportedly pulled out of the running.

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In theory, this leaves Arsenal free to sign De Vrij but it’s important to note that the Gunners haven’t been linked with the Netherlands international since November 2016.

There’s no doubt that Arsenal need some stability at the back.

Nacho Monreal is more of a left-back but currently plays as a centre-back and Per Mertesacker is retiring. Plus, Gabriel was never replaced after he signed for Valencia and Laurent Koscielny is completely off the pace.

When you look at the likes of Virgil van Dijk’s transfer from Southampton to Liverpool, you begin to realise that prices in the market aren’t just inflated for attacking players anymore. It’s ALL players.

De Vrij has made 21 appearances for Lazio this season and scored three goals. Therefore, he could be a solid option for our defence that’s not going to force us to remortgage the Emirates.

Especially if he’s keen on a move.