Chelsea have confirmed they have reached a deal with Vitesse Arnhem early this morning to bring Marco van Ginkel to Stamford Bridge.
A post on the club’s official website read: “Chelsea Football Club and Vitesse Arnhem have reached an agreement for the transfer of Marco van Ginkel. The player will join Chelsea subject to a medical, agreement of personal terms and legal documentation.”
The 20 year-old is comfortable as both a central and attacking midfielder, and was awarded the prestigious Johan Cruyff Award (given to the best under-21 player in Holland) in 2013, following in the footsteps of Dutch household names like Wesley Sneijder, Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben, and more recently the likes of Christian Eriksen and Adam Maher.
Earlier this week, reports coming out of Holland indicated that Ajax were keen on the Vitesse midfielder after losing out to PSV Eindhoven in their pursuit of AZ Alkmaar star Maher; and that van Ginkel was supposedly considering their interest. But Ajax will have to turn their attentions elsewhere, with Chelsea’s negotiations in Holland having been successful after two days.
van Ginkel, who scored eight times last season as Vitesse marched to their highest league finish in over ten years, is now expected in West London at the end of this week to undergo a medical and sign a contract believed to tie him down to a four year-deal.
Jose Mourinho has already made Germany international André Schürrle his first signing on his return to the club, and with the capture of van Ginkel the Portuguese now has plenty of midfield options at his disposal – although rumours of an exit for Juan Mata refuse to go away.
Financial details have yet to be disclosed although rumours put the fee at £8-£10m.
van Ginkel joined Vitesse at the age of six in 1999, and signed his first professional contract in 2010 before making four appearances in the same year. He has since run out 93 times for the Dutch outfit, scoring 18 times in the process as he worked his way up from youngster to key player in four seasons in Arnhem.
The midfielder made his international debut last year in a friendly against Germany, and also won 17 caps for the under-21 side while with Vitesse – including being one of the side’s key men at this year’s under-21 European Championships in Israel.
His former employers are braced to lose in-demand striker and last season’s Eredivisie top scorer Wilfried Bony this summer, with interest from both Swansea and West Ham hotting up after the Ivorian spoke of his desire to play in the Premier League.
VAN GINKEL FACTFILE
Position: Centre midfield, Attacking midfield
Stronger foot: Right
Best attributes: Vision, passing, stamina, running from midfield
Plays a bit like: Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard