Chelsea are on the verge of championship contention in the English Premier League—and Europe for that matter—but unless Jose Mourinho and the Blues bring in more topflight talent this summer, they're sure to come up just short once again.
The Blues are expected to spend this offseason, though, which means that fans could see a plethora of fresh faces at Stamford Bridge next season.
According to the Mirror's Ben Curtis, some of that money could be used on Dutch Young Player of the Year Marco van Ginkel in order to shore up Chelsea's midfield:
Chelsea have been linked with a move for Holland U21 star Marco van Ginkel. The 20-year-old midfielder, who plays for Dutch side Vitesse, is said to be 'flattered' by interest from Stamford Bridge as he continues to impress in the European U21 Championships in Israel.
Despite his age, van Ginkel has loads of experience playing on the professional level. He's made nearly 110 appearances with Dutch club Vitesse over the past four seasons, including 97 league appearances. Van Ginkel has 18 goals and 16 assists in league play since making his debut in April 2010.
This past season with Vitesse, van Ginkel scored eight goals in league play while dishing out 10 assists. He has two assists for the Netherlands' Under-21 squad at the European Championship this summer, and is valued at £15 million according to the Mirror's Steve Bates.
Superb vision and creativity highlight van Ginkel's game. His assist numbers are outstanding and point to a selfless mindset that has to encourage Mourinho and his staff. The fact that van Ginkel is just as capable of creating for others as he is for himself is most likely what has caught the eye of the top clubs in Europe.
Plus, van Ginkel is only getting better, showing improved presence in front of goal and looking more and more comfortable on the big stage. His potential is bright, and if put in the right position to succeed with the right club, there's no telling how high his ceiling can be.
He's quick with and without the ball, boasts phenomenal anticipation and sometimes seems to see the play before it happens.
Although Chelsea already have several talented players at midfield already, including Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard, Frank Lampard won't be able to play at a high level for forever and Chelsea could use a creative force like van Ginkel.
Obviously, Chelsea and Mourinho have their sights set on several players this offseason, but Marco van Ginkel is a realistic possibility for the Blues, and one full of potential.
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