Chelsea 'suffer setback in pursuit of Lazio's Stefan de Vrij'

Stefan de Vrij of Netherlands celebrates scoring the opening goal during the international friendly match between the Netherlands and Spain held at Amsterdam Arena on March 31, 2015
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Lazio reportedly place a £50m valuation on Netherlands international Stefan de Vrij in order to fend off interest from Chelsea, who are in the market for a new defender.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been told that he must pay £50m if he is to sign Stefan de Vrij from Lazio, according to a report.

The 24-year-old was one of many defenders linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in the summer as the Blues desperately searched for cover at the back.

Conte in the end settled for David Luiz, who rejoined the West London outfit from Paris Saint-Germain in a £32m deal, but is said to be looking for further experienced recruits in the New Year.

It is claimed by The Mirror that De Vrij is still a target for Chelsea, but Lazio have put a huge price tag on the Netherlands international's head to fend off the Premier League side, much like rivals Napoli did to keep hold of Kalidou Koulibaly in the summer.

De Vrij, who has been at the club for three seasons, is also understood to have been offered a new-and-improved contract at the Stadio Olimpico.

Cesc Fabregas #4 of Chelsea takes the ball in the first half against the New York Red Bulls during the International Champions Cup at Red Bull Arena on July 22, 2015
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