Luis Suarez and Thomas Vermaelen have been the most recent additions to the long list of Ajax players to make the move to the Premiership, and it appears that yet another player could be close to swapping the Netherlands for England.
Ever since his impressive performances in the Dutch’s run to the 2010 World Cup Final Gregory Van der Wiel has attracted the interest of a host of Europe’s top sides, and TalkSport are suggesting that both Manchester City and Chelsea are close to bidding for the 24 year-old.
If this particular Dutch International is to feature in the Premiership next season City and Chelsea will be certain to face competition from several of the continent’s finest. One European team who have made no secret of their eagerness to recruit Van der Wiel to their ranks is Valencia.
The Spanish Side have already had a £5 million bid rejected for the player and have encountered the annoyance of Ajax in the process, withTalkSport quoting Sporting Director Danny Blind as offering this comment on the La Liga team’s bid: “The Valencia offer was too low and I think it could be considered disrespectful to our club.”
However Ajax’s policy of recent years has been not to stand in the way of a player if he wishes to leave, and this seems the likely scenario regarding Van der Wiel if a suitable offer is received. Blind highlights this with his statement; “We all want Gregory to stay here but we know the player will leave if a club offers what we ask.”
Van der Wiel is a fine exponent of modern full-back play as comfortable in the attacking final third as the defensive, but given the good form of Micah Richards in the right-back role this season it is difficult to see a route for the Dutchman into the Manchester City starting XI.
Chelsea may perhaps be able to offer the player the prospect of more regular first-team football as a new manager may look to replace some of Chelsea’s old guard with more youthful talent.
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