Chelsea seem set to continue their pursuit of Ajax and Holland international right-back Gregory Van der Wiel The Mail reports. However it seems they may have a battle on their hands, as was the case in January, with some of the most elite clubs in Europe also looking to obtain the 24 year old’s signature.
The right-back has had the mantle of the next Cafu bestowed upon him and his attributes make it easy to see why. He is happy bursting down the flanks to join attacks but unlike most attacking defenders he is also as comfortable getting back and actually defending.
He has limitless stamina and is extremely comfortable on the ball as you would expect from someone who has come up through Ajax academy de Godenzonen, after all this is where total football began.
Chelsea looked set to sign the defender in January with strong competition from their Champions League opponents Bayern Munich, but the Mail article suggests neither club was willing to meet Ajax’s £20m asking price.
But this summer Van der Wiel will be into the final twelve months of his current contract in Amsterdam and one would assume Ajax would be inclined to accept a reduced fee, with FansFc.com suggesting an offer as little as £6m.
Whatever the price it seems Van der Wiel himself is looking for a new challenge reports talkSPORT. He recently advertised his services telling Goal.com:
‘Not a single club has shown a concrete interest in signing me yet, so I don’t know where I will be playing next season.’
Chelsea need to look at the right-back position with rumours of Paulo Ferreira and Jose Bosingwa leaving in the summer. A player with similar attributes to Ashley Cole on the right side would seem a very enticing prospect.
Unfortunately for Chelsea they may have to battle off the likes of Real Madrid and Roma, who are also reported to have joined the race for the player, along with Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Manchester United and Valencia whom have had a sustained interest. With such stiff competition I would be very surprised if the right-back when anywhere for a fee as low as £6m, especially if he has a good Euro 2012.
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