Chelsea continued to strengthen its future outlook on Thursday as The Blues came to a transfer agreement with Vitesse Arnhem to acquire the services of 20-year-old, Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel, according to Chelsea's official website.
While Chelsea did not disclose the terms of the deal, Mirror Football's Ben Curtis is reporting that the fee to bring van Ginkel to Stamford Bridge is £8.5 million. Although van Ginkel's playing time will surely be spotty at first with so much star power already on the squad, van Ginkel appears to be a future star in his own right.
Van Ginkel's offensive acumen was on display at Vitesse this past season as he put up eight goals and 10 assists in 33 appearances. What truly put van Ginkel's stock through the roof, however, was his play in the Under-21 European Championships. His Netherlands team advanced to the knockout stage and his steady play in the midfield had a lot to do with that.
It's interesting to note that Ajax was very much involved in the van Ginkel sweepstakes, according to Curtis. The Dutch club would have loved to bring van Ginkel to Amsterdam, but it simply couldn't compete with Chelsea's financial prowess.
Ajax were very interested in Van Ginkel and we were willing to go quite far, (Ajax director of football Marc Overmars) explained. But if we have to compete with one of the big clubs from England it is always going to be difficult for us.
In reality, Ajax would have benefited much more from van Ginkel presently and he likely would have gotten his fair share of playing time. The allure of playing for Chelsea is something special, though, as is the huge monetary figure that The Blues are throwing in his direction.
Chelsea already had one of the most promising stables of young players in the world prior to signing van Ginkel, but there is no question that he has added to that. His presence may not truly be felt at Stamford Bridge for a couple years, but Chelsea did well to set itself up for the future.
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