Inter may only agree a contract extension with defender Stefan de Vrij if the Dutchman is willing to accept a deal with lower wages than he currently earns.

This according to today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who report that a reduction in salary terms is likely to be key to whether the Nerazzurri extend de Vrij’s deal beyond the end of the current season.

Inter would be open to extending de Vrij’s current contract, which expires at the end of June 2023 as things stand.

However, the club would only offer the 30-year-old a contract at reduced wages compared to what he currently earns.

If de Vrij does not decide to accept an offer at lower wages, then he could well depart next summer on a free transfer.

Meanwhile, the Corriere reports, the matter of whether Inter are able to secure a replacement for de Vrij could also prove to be decisive.