United and Chelsea go head to head for Dutch defender target

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Highly rated Ajax defender Gregory van der Wiel will become the subject of a summer bidding war between two leading Barclays Premier League clubs.

The 23-year old Holland international has been in fine form at the Amsterdam Arena this season, attracting the attention of a number of potential suitors.

Van der Wiel has long been on Chelsea's radar, with Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti repeatedly rumoured to be considering an offer to bring him to Stamford Bridge at the end of the current campaign.

However, talkSPORT are reporting that Manchester United are also said to be monitoring the player and will step up their interest as they look to bring him to Old Trafford this summer.


With the retirement of Red Devils former starlet Gary Neville, Sir Alex Ferguson is now light in the right-back department, and with injury concerns over promising Brazilian starlet Rafael Da Silva, Manchester United are set to move for van der Wiel.

Having missed just two of Ajax's 29 league games this season van der Wiel has also scored one league goal for the club, helping them to third in the Eredivisie table this term.

But due to the club’s precarious financial situation, they may be forced to sell some of their leading stars – a decision that will likely hinge on whether or not they qualify for next season's Champions League competition.

Valued at around £12million both Manchester United and Chelsea are preparing to do battle for the Dutch full-back who starred in last year's World Cup.

Speculation surrounded his future then but van der Wiel resisted a move away, but now that the big clubs have come calling he could fulfil a move to Stamford Bridge or Old Trafford this summer.

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