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Chelsea Still Chasing Dutch Defender As Replacement For John Terry

WATFORD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: John Terry of Chelsea in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Watford and Chelsea at Vicarage Road on February 3, 2016 in Watford, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Chelsea are believed to be willing to submit another offer for Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij in the January transfer window having failed to sign the Netherlands international earlier this summer according to the Daily Star.

It reports that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte sanctioned deadline day moves for former Sunderland defender Marcos Alonso, and Brazilian international David Luiz, following the club’s failure to reach an agreement with Lazio for de Vrij last month.

Despite bolstering the Chelsea defence by bringing David Luiz back to Stamford Bridge in a £34million deal from Paris Saint Germain, Conte is believed to still be pursuing Dutch international de Vrij as the 47 year old Italian looks to find a long term replacement for John Terry.

REGGIO NELL'EMILIA, ITALY - MARCH 01:  Stefan De Vrij # 3 of SS Lazio looks on during the Serie A match between US Sassuolo Calcio and SS Lazio on March 1, 2015 in Reggio nell'Emilia, Italy.  (Photo by Mario Carlini / Iguana Press/Getty Images)

Terry, has been almost ever present in the Chelsea defence for the last 16 years, however with the former England captain now 35, his days in the heart of Chelsea’s defence are numbered.

24 year old de Vrij would be a welcome replacement for the former England captain, having made his debut for Feyenoord aged 17, spending five seasons at the Rotterdam based club, serving briefly as captain during the 2012/2013 season.

ROME, ITALY - AUGUST 18:  Stefan Kiessling (R) of Bayer Leverkusen competes for the ball with Stefan De Vrij of SS Lazio during the UEFA Champions League qualifying round play off first leg match between SS Lazio and Bayer Leverkusen at Olimpico Stadium on August 18, 2015 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

His fine performances in his 153 appearances for the Eredivisie club earned the defender a call up to Louis Van Gaal’s Netherlands side in 2012, since then the 24 year old has gone on to make 30 appearances for the Oranje.

The 24 year old was as an integral part of the Dutch team which finished third at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, with his impressive performances seeing the defender selected in the team of the tournament along with Dutch team mate Arjen Robben, and he earned a multimillion pound move to Lazio.

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 13:  Stefan de Vrij of the Netherlands celebrates scoring the third goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Known as an intelligent defender who is adept in possession and tough in tackling, the combative defender has emerged as a promising prospect in Europe and may just be the ideal candidate to replace Chelsea stalwart John Terry.

While Chelsea is keen on bringing de Vrij to Stamford Bridge, it remains to be seen whether or not Lazio would now be willing to sell the defender, with the Dutch international a key part of Simone Inzaghi’s plans at the Stadio Olimpico.

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