No, Marco van Ginkel isn't a mighty name like Wayne Rooney or Radamel Falcao. But the 20-year-old midfielder from Holland and most recent Chelsea acquisition is a huge pickup for the English powerhouse.
The Holland U21 has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge for most of the summer and will join the club when the player passes a medical and agrees personal terms.
And while Curtis reports that Chelsea will have to pay a fee of £8.5 million to land Van Ginkel, the Blues are the big winners in this deal.
Not only is Van Ginkel still young and full of potential, but he's also an eventual replacement for veteran Frank Lampard, who is obviously in the later stage of his career.
Talent was another huge factor in this move, though. Van Ginkel has shown in recent seasons with Vitesse that he's capable of doing everything you could ask of an attacking midfielder on the pitch, similarly to Lampard. Van Ginkel is, of course, lethal around the box and every bit as dangerous as a creator looking to open up chances for his teammates.
The young midfielder also has a phenomenal motor and very few weaknesses overall. Picking up experience will be key next season and beyond, but he's already calm and in control on the ball and can use either foot to make a play.
He showcased his versatility by scoring eight goals and recording 10 assists in just over 30 games for Vitesse this past season.
Voted Dutch Football Talent of the Year in 2012-13, Van Ginkel has caught the eye of many top-level clubs recently. Chelsea will now have the opportunity to develop him and see what he can do as he ascends to his prime.
Nothing we've seen from Van Ginkel thus far suggests he isn't cut out to thrive in one of Europe's toughest leagues. So it's a safe investment for the Blues as well.
One of the top under-21 players in the world, Van Ginkel has the opportunity to become a force for a long time at Stamford Bridge. He still has plenty of years left to maximize on his talent.
Chelsea was wise to recognize Van Ginkel's potential and make a move for him this summer. The Blues won big with their latest acquisition.
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