Chelsea to rival Serie A trio for Van Rhijn

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Chelsea will battle Serie A trio AC Milan, Inter and Antonio Conte's Juventus for the signing of Ajax right-back Ricardo van Rhijn, according to A Bola.

22-year-old Van Rhijn, who has spent his entire professional career with the Eredivisie champions, has hugely impressed since filling the sizeable gap left by the departure of Dutch star Gregory van der Wiel to French giants Paris Saint-Germain last summer and his impressive form has seen him subjected to transfer speculation linking him with a potential switch away from the Amsterdam ArenA.

Jose Mourinho, who is now in his second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge, is reported to hold an interest in the Netherlands international, who has already earned seven senior international caps. 

However any potential swoop for Van Rhijn won't be easy, with A Bola reporting that Milan duo AC and Inter and Juve have eached dispatched scouts to watch the Leiden-born starlet, who is believed to be rated at around the £7 million mark, in action.

Any potential Blues bid for Van Rhijn would presumably spell the end of Spanish full-back Cesar Azpilicueta's short stint in West London.

Despite proving to be a hugely reliable figure during his debut season after arriving from Ligue 1 outfit Marseille in August 2012, the 24-year-old does not appear to have sufficiently impressed Mourinho, with the popular Portuguese instead preferring to deploy Branislav Ivanovic at right-back so far this season.

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