Injured Branislav Ivanovic could miss start of season and Chelsea target Dutch defender

Blues manager Antonio Conte has grown tired of the prolonged negotiations for Napoli centre back Kalidou Koulibaly, with the Italian club demanding £45m.

The highly rated de Vrij would be a much cheaper option, especially with the cash-strapped Rome club much more keen to sell.

Conte though still has Roma defender Kostas Manolas high on his wish list, as well as Benfica’s Swedish youngster Victor Lindelof.

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