A statement on the official website read:
“Chelsea Football Club and Vitesse Arnhem have reached an agreement for the transfer of Marco van Ginkel.
The player will join Chelsea subject to a medical, agreement of personal terms and legal documentation.”
They obviously didn’t comment on the fee but the Guardian believe that it’s worth around £8m after an initial bid of £5m was rejected. It’s also been reported that van Ginkel may have been seeking some assurances and a meeting with Jose Mourinho helped the deal to go through.
The Dutchman will become the second signing of the summer following Andre Schurrle’s arrival from Bayer Leverkusen once the paperwork has been completed. He established himself as a regular at Eredivisie club Vitesse Arnhem as a box-to-box midfielder with an eye for the odd goal.
I’m not entirely sure if he’s to be part of the first team setup next season but at this stage it doesn’t look as though he’ll be going out on loan. His arrival will likely mean that Oriol Romeu will spend the season on a loan deal and could put a few others at risk.
Chelsea clearly have a plan going by the pattern in the club’s signings over the past few years. Michael Emenalo and the scouting staff have certainly done a good job in finding, recruiting and finding good loan moves (for those that need them) for some of Europe’s most promising young talent.
It’s a step in the right direction as we definitely needed to add depth to our midfield but we really need a midfielder that will compete with John Obi Mikel in defensive midfield. A more pressing concern is the defence as David Luiz needs a top quality central defensive partner and a new forward would be welcome, but nowhere near the crisis the media are making it out to be. If we can’t get a reliable forward at a reasonable price then we have Romelu Lukaku and he has earned the right to be part of Mourinho’s plans.