Roma are set to rival Liverpool for the signing of promising Feyenoord defender Stefan de Vrij, [football] direct news understands. The 22-year-old is one of the most highly regarded young defenders in the Eredivisie at the moment, and has recently been talked up as a summer transfer target for Premier League giants Liverpool as they look to tighten up in defence. However, Roma are also in the market for new players in that position as they face some doubt over the future of star centre-back Mehdi Benatia, whose fine form this season has seen him strongly linked with the likes of Manchester City and Barcelona. De Vrij could now be the main target for the Italian giants, who hope to remain solid at the back next season after proving to be one of the hardest backlines to break past in Serie A. Feyenoord do not appear to hold out much hope of keeping the player, but Liverpool will now have to up their game if they are to land one of their main defensive targets, though it could be that they will wait on the future of Daniel Agger before attempting to bring new players in. I don’t know how many players we’re looking at, but we’re facing some competition for de Vrij now, an Anfield insider revealed. “Roma are eager to get him as they look like losing Benatia, so hopefully we’ll see some progress in the coming weeks.”Read more Liverpool transfer news.