As we learned yesterday, with the news that Napoli will be offering a new contract to Kalidou Koulibaly to keep him at the club, Chelsea's options are dwindling quickly as far as defensive reinforcements are concerned. The strongest standing rumor seems to be about Benfica's young Victor Lindelof, though he'd be an option that's long on price and short on experience.
New names are needed! Fortunately, here's the Mirror to help us out; they claim that Lazio center back Stefan de Vrij has been added to Chelsea's shortlist.
#Chelsea have turned their attention to Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij after failing to complete a deal for Kalidou Koulibaly. [Mirror]— Chelsea HQ (@Chelsea_HQ) July 23, 2016
The 24-year-old Dutch international, who joined Lazio after impressing at the 2014 World Cup, had missed all of last season with a knee injury. While that sounds ominous, it does also knock his transfer fee down to an almost bargain-sized £15m — certainly nowadays £15m is practically nothing, right?