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Van Ginkel signs for Chelsea

English Premier League side Chelsea have signed highly-rated midfielder Marco van Ginkel from Vitesse Arnhem. The transfer is worth a reported £8m.

Van Ginkel

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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The Cocu Revolution begins…

In the past two weeks PSV Eindhoven have secured over €14 million in transfer fees, and new manager Philip Cocu has started pumping the funds back into the team, a team that he is building for success.

Belgian left-winger Dries Mertens was shipped off to the Serie A on Monday, where he signed for Napoli for a rumoured €9 million. While Jeremain Lens is off to Ukraine, signing for Dynamo Kiev last week for a reported €5 million. Former PSV player, Cocu who took over from Dick Advocaat as the team’s head coach in May, now has the money to splash to work on his project.

The pressure is on the new manager to build a team to try and stop Frank de Boer’s Ajax run of Eredivisie championships, and today he added his first two recruits to the Eindhoven squad.

Central defender Jeffrey Bruma signs from Chelsea

PSV technical director Marcel Brands confirmed that the club reached an agreement with Chelsea for the transfer of 21-year-old central defender Jeffrey Bruma. Bruma, who joins PSV from the Europa League champions after being borrowed to Hamburg of the Bundesliga for the past two seasons, will sign a four-year contract. The Rotterdam-born defender made his full Netherlands debut in August 2010. Chelsea have agreed that the contract includes a buy-back clause.

Winger Florian Jozefzoon arrives from RKC Waalwijk

Also, arriving on Monday will be Florian Jozefzoon from RKC Waalwijk. The winger will sign a three-year contract with an option of a further year. Jozefzoon recently made appearances for the Jong Oranje at the Under-21 European Championships in Israel. Jozefzoon, who was born in French Guiana, will report for duty on Monday, 8 July, along with the other international players who have competed over the summer.

With both these players arriving on Monday, subject to medicials, it is a hotly rumoured that AZ Alkmaar wonderkid Adam Maher is next on Cocu’s shopping list, which would be a major coup for the Eindhoven club.

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NEWS: Adam Maher… Holland’s hottest property!

Adam Maher – wanted by the Premier League’s best

It is no surprise to many following the game in the Netherlands that AZ attacking midfielder Adam Maher is perhaps most coveted Dutch footballer at the moment. 

Earlier this year in the January transfer window, English Premier League clubs knocked on the door of AZ Alkmaar, and now as the season ends and clubs around Europe await the opening of a new window, the English superpowers are ready to rumble throughout the summer for the Ducth international.

The Morrocan-born Oranje star is wanted by Eredivisie giants PSV and Ajax but the top clubs from the Premier League are in the market and they very well may tempt the playmaker to head to the British Isles.

British newspaper The Mirror have reported that Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are some clubs that Maher would like to attract.

In AZ, they are only too well aware of the foreign interest. On Maher, as what happens with many young Dutch talents an excessively high price tag has been slapped on so that AZ can make some major profit. It is rumoured that interested clubs can tempt AZ to sell him for around £15.4m, which is approximately equivalent to €18m.

But which club is the preference for Maher?  Maher himself does not except anything to happen and says to he will wait until the summer. “I look to see which clubs are interested but nothing will be discussed until the summer. “

But as friend of the site, Scottish-based Dutch football expert Peter McVitie added, Maher has said over and over that he wishes to stay in Holland: ‘He has maintained since January that he wants to stay in Eredivisie and, since February, he has made clear that he wants to join one of Ajax or PSV in the summer. He lives in Amsterdam and has praised Ajax several times in recent weeks and he has actually said that he has an idea which club he would prefer to join.’

For Maher, who would like to leave with his ailing club, it is hoped that when he does leave this summer, AZ make as much as they can so they use the funds to be a force in the Eredivisie again.

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