Chelsea are keen on Lazio defender Stefan de VrijGETTY

Chelsea are keen on Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij

The centre-back has impressed for the Italian giants this season and is highly regarded in Serie A.

Italian outlet Calciomercato say numerous clubs are interested in the 24-year-old, including Chelsea and AC Milan.

“Chelsea are keen on Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij”

They say Lazio are aware of the Blues’ interest but are desperate to fend Antonio Conte off.

Calciomercato reckon Lazio will offer the defender a new contract with a hefty release clause.

Chelsea and AC Milan want Lazio defender Stefan de VrijGETTY

Chelsea and AC Milan want Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij

They claim his new buy-out clause will be £34m (€40).

De Vrij has 18 months left on his current deal with the Italian side.

Source: http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/573408/Chelsea-Stefan-de-Vrij-Lazio-new-contract-Antonio-Conte-transfers-Premier-League-news