Chelsea have completed the signing of their second new man of the Jose Mourinho era with Vitesse Arnhem’s young Dutch international Marco van Ginkel arriving for a fee said to be in the region of £9 million.
The 20-year-old has reportedly been a long term target at Chelsea and utilising their good working relationship with the Eredivisie outfit, where they often send players on loan, they managed to agree a move for the player.
But it is reported he took some persuading.
There were other teams interested in his signature and it is reported that Mourinho had to give van Ginkel assurances over his place as a first-team regular before tying him down to a deal.
Ajax were also interested in bringing in the player this summer and their sporting director, and former Arsenal winger, Marc Overmars stated that this was an area that concerned him:
"Van Ginkel is a great young talent and we would have liked him to come to Ajax. Whether it is too early for him to go to Chelsea or not, I don't know. With us, he would have played a lot of games and played in the Champions League."
Sour grapes anyone? Or does Overmars actually have a point?
It is clear that Chelsea have no desire to send the youngster out on loan this summer but maybe they should.
Last season the club had a plethora of young talent out on loan in various destinations across the continent and in a large part most of those deals were successful. Kenneth Omeruo was player of the year at ADO Den Haag; Thibaut Courtois the Zamora Trophy winner in La Liga with Atletico Madrid; Thorgan Hazard led Zulte Waregem to their best ever season while Romelu Lukaku was a star for West Bromwich Albion.
Kevin de Bruyne was also out on loan; and had a sensational campaign with Werder Bremen.
His performances saw him keep Eden Hazard out of the Belgian team for a while and at the end of the season being openly courted by Borussia Dortmund as a Mario Gotze replacement.
So should they do the same with van Ginkel? Send him out on loan that is.
He is certainly good enough to play regularly for Chelsea but with competition from Frank Lampard, Ramires, John Obi Mikel, Oscar and the returning Michael Essien sending him out to a Bundesliga side or even Ajax for a season would certainly not be a bad idea.
De Bruyne spent the first 18 months of his Chelsea career elsewhere playing regular first team football and what they now have is a 22-year-old nearing the finished article.
Doing the same with their latest young recruit could prove to be the best option.
Should van Ginkel go out on loan or straight into the first-team?
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