Chelsea Target De Vrij Close To Agreeing Inter Milan Move

Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic (R) and Lazio's Stefan De Vrij fight for the ball.

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Stefan de Vrij is ready to turn down big offers from Manchester United and Chelsea to join Inter Milan, according to Italian media reports.

Lazio’s 25-year-old centre-back has been heavily linked with both the Premier League giants for a summer move.

But Gazzetta dello Sport claim the Dutchman’s entourage have reached an agreement that’s believed to be a 50,000-a-week contract including lucrative bonuses with the San Siro giants.

However, there could be a problem to sign the defender as Lazio president, Claudio Lotito, is reluctant to let the player leave unless the full £30 million release clause is paid. But de Vrij has reportedly stalled all contract talks at the moment.

With the defender’s contract set to end in 2018, this demand may not even be taken into consideration by Inter.

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The Nerazzurri would possibly stretch to around £17m, but they are still hoping to complete a bargain deal.

Inter have identified three defenders from the Italian capital, with Roma’s Kostas Manolas and Antonio Rudiger also eyed as summer targets in order to reinforce their backline.

Interestingly all three centre-backs on the San Siro giants’ radar have been linked with a summer moves to the Premier League, with Chelsea and Manchester United looking to bolster their defences.

However, Inter have ambitious plans to regain the elite status in Europe and are keen to snap up big-name stars at the end of the season.

There are even reports suggesting they have already a verbal agreement with Kevin Strootman from Roma. The Italian side even closely monitoring the situations with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Man City’s Sergio Aguero.


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