Chelsea were turned down for Kalidou Koulibaly and Nikola Maksimovic, so turn to Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij.
Napoli refused to sell Koulibaly this summer and the alternative, Torino centre-back Maksimovic, seems to be heading to the Stadio San Paolo as well for €26m plus bonuses.
According to SportItalia, Antonio Conte is still determined to get a Serie A defender and turned his attention towards De Vrij.
His price-tag is €25m plus performance-related bonuses.
The Dutch international is only 24 years old, yet already has 30 senior caps and three goals for his country.
He was snapped up from Feyenoord in 2014 for €7m and impressed in Serie A.
However, De Vrij missed practically the entire 2015-16 season after knee ligament surgery in September 2015.
He has made 41 appearances in the Lazio jersey, scoring one goal, and is under contract until June 2018.