Chelsea will have a say on who is appointed as the next manager of Vitesse Arnhem, meaning they could prompt for someone who will sell to them.
It seems a bit strange that another football club can have a say on who becomes the manager of another side but the partnership between Chelsea and Vitesse Arnhem allows the Blues to do just that.
“Currently meetings are going on between Vitesse and Chelsea, just like when Fred Rutten was appointed,” said Piet de Visser, an advisor to Roman Abramovich.
Chelsea can effectively push Vitesse to appoint someone they can use as a puppet when it comes to the transfer market and getting their best players.
Bony and van Ginkel are players who are attracting a lot of attention so it’s important for Chelsea to have any advantage over their futures should they subsequently want to sign either.
Chelsea would naturally have first refusal over both players because of their partnership with the club, but they may not get the best value unless they have a manager sympathetic to their cause.
Bony is certainly a player who could work in the attack for Jose Mourinho’s side because he was one of the most prolific strikers in Europe last season.
He bagged 31 goals in just 30 league games and at just 24-years-old he’s at the perfect age to make his next move to a bigger and higher profile European team.
He’s also in the mould of that Didier Drogba type striker that Mourinho based his first Chelsea team around, which won back-to-back Premier League titles in the mid 2000s.
Van Ginkel would be more of a long term investment and probably someone that Chelsea would loan back to Vitesse if Mourinho wanted to buy him.
“They have asked me for advice and I have given two names. Names of Dutch coaches, men who have proved they can make youth players better,” added de Visser.
That is also significant because if Vitesse can produce a system which guarantees top quality youngsters, it could effectively become a supply line for the Stanford Bridge side over the next few years.
It also suggests that Chelsea may be starting to look at investing more time and money into younger players over buying in the best talent as was the case during Mourinho’s first spell at the club.
Chelsea are in a position they can work to their advantage and as unfair as that seems, they would be very naïve if they didn’t try and urge for an appointment which is going to benefit them.
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