Chelsea and Liverpool target Dutch star as contract talks stall

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Chelsea and Liverpool are reportedly monitoring the situation of Ajax defender Gregory van der Wiel, after his proposed summer move to Valencia appeared to fall through.

The Dutchman was expected leave the Amsterdam Arena at the end of the season after talks regarding a new contract with his current employers hit an impasse.

However, Valencia have now pulled out of the deal to bring the 24-year-old to the Mestalla, and Van der Wiel is now refusing to rule out an extended stay with Ajax.

"It may be that my transfer to Valencia is off," he told Dutch newspaper AD Sportwereld.

"If no big club comes in for me, I will stay at Ajax."

But, according to talkSPORT, Valencia's failure to complete a deal for Van der Wiel has alerted both Chelsea and Liverpool to his potential availability, as both clubs make plans for the summer transfer window.

The acquisition of Van der Wiel would go some way to bolstering Chelsea's options at right-back; providing greater competition to Branislav Ivanovic than Jose Bosingwa currently does.

Liverpool, meanwhile, would not appear to be in great need of reinforcements at full-back, although Van der Wiel's ability to also play on the wing may appeal to Kenny Dalglish.

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