Blues have now beaten off competition from Ajax for Oranje star’s signature.
Chelsea have moved a step closer to sealing a deal for coveted young Vitesse Arnhem midfield player Marco van Ginkel, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The hugely talented Netherlands international has been with his Eredivisie club for his whole career to date, having made his debut for Vitesse four seasons ago.
In the intervening four-year period, the exciting 20-year-old has featured in 109 matches in all competitions for his club, registering an impressive 23 goals and 18 assists, including 18 goals and 16 assists in just 97 league encounters.
And it is those kind of eye-catching numbers which have persuaded new Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho to sign van Ginkel when the summer transfer window opens on July 1, with the west London club’s path to the Dutchman now clear following the withdrawal from the race of Eredivisie champions Ajax.
“Ajax were very interested in Van Ginkel and we were willing to go quite far,” said Ajax general manager and former Arsenal wide man Marc Overmars.
“But if we have to compete with one of the big clubs from England it is always going to be difficult for us.
“We cannot beat Chelsea’s financial resources.”