There is still much uncertainty surrounding Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel, but for Chelsea, the price is right.
It has been widely assumed over the past few weeks that the youngster would eventually make his way to Stamford Bridge, but there was also belief van Ginkel himself still needed convincing.
According to the Daily Mail, however, it appears Jose Mourinho has told the Vitesse star all the right things, and a deal is close:
Chelsea are close to signing £9 million Vitesse Arnhem's Marco van Ginkel after the Holland midfielder was reassured he will feature in Jose Mourinho's starting line-up.
Now, it's important to take something like this with a grain of salt. Assuring a first team spot to a 20-year-old who has been playing in the Eredivisie seems highly unlikely.
Still, this kid is a burgeoning talent. Although it will all depend on how his game potentially translates to the Premier League, he has a limitless upside.
For £9 million, there is little risk involved—and major potential reward.
After a tremendous season for fourth-place Vitesse, van Ginkel was named the Dutch Football Talent of the Year, an annual award given out to the best player in the Netherlands under the age of 21.
It's the same award that players such as Rafael van der Vaart, Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder have all won.
That's a prestigious group to be a part of.
We're not saying that van Ginkel is about to follow in the footsteps of those world-class Dutch footballers. But as someone who can score, distribute to teammates and win balls in the midfield, he certainly has the talent to do so.
In addition to his standout 2012-13 season with Vitesse, he impressed at the Euro Under-21 Championship in Israel.
Although he wasn't able to find the back of the net in three games, he completed 83.5 percent of his passes and a tremendous five accurate long balls per contest, according to WhoScored.com.
Combine that passing ability with his willingness as an aggressive defender—eight tackles, four interceptions and 14 fouls—and you have a tantalizing 20-year-old prospect.
All together, he compiled an average match rating of 7.34—second best on Netherlands' team—as he displayed his innate ability as a box-to-box midfielder capable of contributing in a variety of ways.
Chelsea certainly doesn't have a dearth of midfield options, but there's little reason not to give someone with as bright of a future as van Ginkel a shot for such a cheap price.