English Premier League side Chelsea have signed highly-rated midfielder Marco van Ginkel from Vitesse Arnhem. The transfer is worth a reported £8m.
The 20-year-old Dutch international has become new Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho’s second signing of the summer after the arrival of German international Andre Schurrle.
A short statement on Chelsea’s website said: “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.”
20-year-old Van Ginkel joined Vitesse at just seven years old and has progressed through their academy. He made his Eredivisie debut for the club on 9th April 2010 replacing Nicky Hofs in the 67th minute as the Arnhem club fell to a 4–1 defeat to RKC Waalwijk.
The midfielder made his international debut against Germany in a 0-0 draw last November and was included in the Jomng Oranje squad for the recent Under-21 European Championships in Israel.
He was a regular last season and emerged as one of Vitesse’s star performers as the team secured a fourth placed finish in the Eredivisie.
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