Vitesse Arnhem youngster set for Stamford Bridge
Chelsea look set to complete the deal to sign Marco van Ginkel from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.
Jose Mourinho appears to have beaten off stiff competition from Manchester United to sign the midfielder and a £9million move should be finalised shortly.
The Dutchman was superb for Vitesse last campaign as they finished 4th in the Eredivise last season and his form has alerted some of Europe’s finest clubs.
The news is a massive blow to Vitesse who are resigned to losing a few of their key players including Wilfred Bony who has scored goals for fun.
Ajax were also interested in van Ginkel, however Vitesse were desperate to avoid selling their main man to one of their domestic rivals and were glad to see the English duo come in for the midfielder.
van Ginkel also starred for Holland at the European under-21 Championships and helped them progress to the semi-finals of the tournament before defeat to Italy.
The Dutch midfielder was sceptical over how much game time he would recieve at Stamford Bridge, however Mourinho has assured the 20-year-old he will feature this campaign. This conversation is thought to have been a big part in helping complete the deal, with van Ginkel needing serious first-team action if he is to force his way into the full Holland national 2014 World Cup squad.
For a player on the verge of the national squad, moving clubs a year before a major tournament is always a risk and despite these rumours van Ginkel confirmed nothing is set in stone yet.
“My future? Now I have a vacation and I’ll concentrate on that,” Van Ginkel said. “After my holiday, we will see. Maybe.
Despite a host of world-class midfielders, Chelsea appear to have found space for van Ginkel, which suggests some may be on the way out of Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea realistically have 14 midfielders on their books at the moment, however two of them look set to leave on loan for the 2013/14 campaign.
Both Oriel Romeu and Lucas Piazon are on the verge on short-term deals to further their footballing experience.
Romeu played frequently under Andre Villas-Boas two years ago, however injuries and subsequent change of managers means he has rarely started.
Piazon spent the second half of the 2012/13 season with Malaga and another loan move is on the cards.
Romeu is attracting interest from London rivals Fulham whilst Piazon would prefer another year in La Liga.