Chelsea have been given the go ahead to up their pursuit of Ajax’s Gregory Van der Wiel after Valencia seemingly backed out of a move for the full-back, reports talkSPORT.
The Dutchman appeared destined for Spain in the summer after admitting he was keen to spread his wings away from his boyhood club come the end of the season.
However Valenica have baulked at the fee demanded by Ajax according to talkSPORT, with the La Liga outfit only willing to pay around £6 million for his services, well short of the £10-15 million valuation placed on him by his current club.
That leaves Chelsea free to continue their interest in the 24-year-old if they wish to add to their much-maligned defensive line over the summer, although the Blues may be reluctant to match the asking price with Van der Wiel’s contract expiring in little more than a year.
The website report that Van der Wiel has already told Ajax he will not be signing a new deal at the Amsterdam Arena, meaning Eredivisie club may opt to cash in on one of their most valued assets before he can walk away for free.
Chelsea have long been linked with a move for Van der Wiel, and while their interest appeared to have died down in recent months, they may be tempted to go back in for the player with the possibility of landing him at a reduced price before the start of next season.