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Lazio try to tie down €40m defender who may have had his head turned by Chelsea

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Lazio's Stefan de Vrij was a name that popped up late in the summer transfer window as Chelsea scrambled to fill the holes in the squad.  Lazio weren't willing to deal then, and probably aren't really willing to deal now either.

That said, rumors in Italy claim that De Vrij may have gotten his head turned by Chelsea's interest, so while he may agree to the new deal and the healthy pay rise supposedly on offer from his current team, that new deal is set to contain a €35-40m release clause (reports differ) to simultaneously ward off and entice interest from potential suitors.

De Vrij recently recovered from a severe knee injury that had limited him to just five games last season.  He's started all seven Serie A matches for Lazio so far this season, often in a back three, and was even recalled to the Netherlands squad for the October round of World Cup qualifiers by manager Danny Blind.

It looks like the once highly rated 24-year-old De Vrij's career is back on track; could concrete interest follow from the likes of Chelsea?

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