Chelsea

Summer’s Most Wanted – Rafael Van Der Vaart

Real Madrid this summer will again not learn from any of their faults or weaknesses and spend millions of Euros on another crop of ‘stars’. Who knows where they get their endless supply of money. But as ever at Madrid a string of players will leave the Bernabeu to find pastures new. Rafael Van Der Vaart looks extremely likely to be one of those released. Luckily for him, many a team in the Premier League including the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham would love to have his services.

The 27 yr old Dutch international was something of a prodigal son at Ajax having emerged through the sides famous youth ranks before making his first team debut aged just 17. The creative midfielder had many injury and personal problems that hindered his progression at Ajax and was sold to Hamburg for 5.5 million Euros in 2005. A rather surprising move given some of the top flight clubs made enquiries for the playmaker. Chelsea was very strongly linked as was Manchester United. Van Der Vaart really resurrected his career in Germany with a string of impressive performances before moving to Real Madrid.

Unfortunately for Rafael Van Der Vaart, as with a lot of players, Real Madrid has become a graveyard for promising careers. Despite an initially good start to his bow at the Bernabeu, appearances have been few and far between, especially since the arrival of a new regime spending lavishly on the likes of Ronaldo and Kaka. So pastures anew seem to be the right move for Rafael Van Der Vaart. For me Chelsea could acquire his services in particular.

At 27 yrs of age Van Der Vaart is coming into his prime, his major injury problems appear to be behind him. Furthermore he has never been the quickest. So his abilities will not wither as soon as he hits thirty. With Deco leaving Chelsea in the summer, the Dutch schemer could be just the tonic to replace him with a similar array of weapons. Tottenham have a penchant for creative midfielders and could try to attempt the playmaker to join them. With Jermaine Jenas and Jaime O’Hara looking to be leaving White Hart Lane, there is most certainly a place for Van Der Vaart.

Expect Aston Villa could offer some interest as well. The reason being I would not expect Real Madrid to hold out for a large fee given his lack of first team action. Anything as little as £6-8 million could tempt Madrid to do business. With such a small initial fee, Rafael Van Der Vaart could end up anyway in Europe.

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