Chelsea’s plethora of loan stars have received plenty of attention this season, and heading into the summer transfer window there have been questions not only about the future of their youngsters, but also if the Blues might use them to help pursue their targets.
There has been speculation about Thibaut Courtois and Kevin De Bruyne being used as makeweights in deals for Radamel Falcao and Andre Schurrle, but in the end it might be the trio of loanees at Vitesse Arnhem that help them secure their first summer signing.
Gael Kakuta, Tomas Kalas and Patrick van Aanholt have all spent the year at the Dutch club, helping them qualify for next season’s Europa League.
Wilfried Bony has been one of the team’s stars, another player Chelsea have been linked with, but it is Marco van Ginkel they seem ready to make a move for.
The 20-year-old midfielder scored eight times for Vitesse, and was recently named as the Netherlands ‘Talent of the Year’. Along with his fine season for Vitesse, Van Ginkel made his debut for the Dutch national team this season, and is considered amongst the most promising young players in Europe.
Whether or not Van Ginkel could make an immediate impact at Stamford Bridge is unclear, and he could follow in the footsteps of the likes of De Bruyne and Lukaku in being farmed out on loan to continue his development.
If Van Ginkel has aspirations of making the Netherlands squad for the World Cup in 2014 he would certainly be keen to be playing as much first team football as possible next season, and a move straight back to Vitesse could be on the cards given Chelsea’s productive relationship with the Dutch team.
Their qualification for the Europa League might make this more likely, as Van Ginkel would be getting excellent experience as one of his team’s key players in that competition.
However Mourinho might be happy to give him a chance to fight for a place in Chelsea’s first team, and the change of manager at Stamford Bridge might help the 20-year-old make an impression at the Blues as soon as next season.
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