Chelsea and Liverpool will have to battle Real Madrid if they want to sign unsettled Ajax defender Gregory van der Wiel, reports talkSPORT.

The 24-year-old right-back, who saw a proposed move to Valencia fall through, is being courted by a host of top European clubs.

Blues owner Roman Abramovich is wasting no time in following up on the club's recent Champions League success by identifying a number of summer transfer targets to help strengthen the Stamford Bridge squad.

Meanwhile, Reds owners Fenway Sports Group are also busy identifying prospective Anfield recruits in the absence of a permanent manager, following the sacking of Kenny Dalglish last week.

However, both Liverpool and Chelsea's hopes of signing Van der Wiel have been dealt a significant blow after his agent Hakim Slimani revealed his client would be keen on a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

"There are about ten elite teams in Europe that have shown interest in signing Van der Wiel. But I can not say which clubs in question, or at what level the interest is at.

When asked by Dutch sports magazine NuSport if Madrid were one of those clubs, Slimani added: "It is an absolutely top club, and Greg wants to go to a top club.

"Gregory has already won two league titles in Holland and is ready to take the next step in his career. Now we have the Euro 2012 championship, which is the ideal setting to display his talents. After the tournament, we will study the different possibilities."

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