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Ajax defender Van der Wiel close to Chelsea switch

Ajax defender Gregory van der Wiel looks likely to leave the club in the summer with Chelsea a likely destination according to sources close to SqueakyBumTime.

The Holland defender has decided it’s time to quit the Amsterdamn Arena to enhance his prospects of winning the Champions League and has courted fervent interest from around Europe.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has reportedly put a new right back at the top of his summer shopping list and Van der Wiel is thought to be a prime target for the billionaire.

Despite not having a permanent manager in place the Russian oligarch is pressing ahead with plans to flush the dead wood out of the Blues squad and replace them young players hungry to make their mark in the Premier League.

Jose Boswinga and Paulo Ferreira are rumoured to be the first players heading out of the Stamford Bridge exit door and the Dutch international would be a direct substitute.

However they will face competition for his signature from La Liga rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid who are also keen to bolster their back four in the close season.

New boss at the Nou Camp Tito Vilanova is expected to dispense with the services of current first choice right back Dani Alves whilst Madrid counterpart Jose Mourinho has been a long-standing admirer.

Manchester United are also thought to be interested although it’s believed Sir Alex Ferguson is targeting a move for Alves as opposed to Van der Wiel.

The 24-year-old has spent his entire career with the Eredivisie winners progressing through the ranks before eventually making his first team debut in 2007.

He’s since gone on to make over 150 appearances for the club and win 29 caps for his country in the three-years since making his national team bow playing in the 2010 World Cup final defeat to Spain.

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