Chelsea boss José Mourinho is edging towards his second signing of the summer. The west London club have been boosted in their efforts to sign Vitesse Arnhem' Marco van Ginkel, after Dutch champions Ajax pulled out of the race to land the 20-year-old midfielder.
The Europa League winners have agreed a deal to sign German attacker Andre Schürrle from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, according to the Guardian, pending a medical and agreement of personal terms. The deal bringing him to Stamford Bridge is believed to be worth €22m.
Ajax's general manager, Marc Overmars, confirmed the Amsterdam ArenA club were unable to match the Blues' financial resources in their efforts to sign the player.
"Ajax were very interested in Van Ginkel and we were willing to go quite far. But if we have to compete with one of the big clubs from England it is always going to be difficult for us. We cannot beat Chelsea's financial resources," Overmars explained.
The young Dutchman made 33 appearances for Vitesse in the 2012/13 campaign, with eight goals to his name. His performances led the side to fourth in the Eredivisie and qualification to the Europa League for the next season.
The midfielder has two years left on his present contract and is aware of Mourinho's interest in his services, according to his agent, Karel Jensen.
"Chelsea are interested, we don't deny it. But there are more clubs. Ajax had made official contact with Vitesse but they don't want to talk with them. Marco still has two years under contract at the GelreDome, so we don't know if he will leave Arnhem," Jansen told De Telegraaf.
Meanwhile, the Vitesse star said he would only take a decision on his future after the European U21 Championships in Israel. The Netherlands face Italy in the second semi final, to be played on Saturday.
"The Premier League is a very good league. I think every young player wants to play there. I know what people want to hear, but I'm not going to say anything about that now. I have to focus on this tournament. After that, I will think about my future - not now," he declared.