Manchester United are ready to rival Chelsea for the signing of Holland starlet Marco van Ginkel.

According to the Express, new Old Trafford boss David Moyes is keen to hijack the Blues’ £15million move for the Vitesse Arnhem wonderkid.

It claims new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was close to agreeing a deal for Van Ginkel after they outbid Ajax in an initial tussle over his signature.

The 20-year-old has been impressing many of Europe’s top clubs with his displays for Vitesse and for Holland Under-21s in the UEFA Under-21 European Championships in Israel.

Chelsea owner roman Abramovich, says the report, is keen for Mourinho to recruit some more promising young talent and Van Ginkel was expected to be the latest of these.

However, Moyes wants to make central midfield additions this summer and sees Van Ginkel as a possible option, though certainly not his first.

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas is the Old Trafford club’s first choice, but they are lining up alternatives as a deal for the former Arsenal captain looks unlikely.

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