Chelsea & United defender deal rests with Ajax

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Chelsea and Manchester United will have to play the waiting game if they wish to secure the signing of Gregory Van der Wiel.

The Dutch international was expected to leave the Amseterdam Arena in the summer transfer window, with both Barclays Premier League clubs thought to be keen on a deal for the 23-year-old.

However, agent Hakim Slimani has revealed that no formal offer has been placed in-front of the player, and that any decision on the player's future rests with Ajax.

"No. Nobody from England or Holland have contacted me, it is just rumours. He (Van der Wiel) has a contract for one and half years with Ajax." Slimani told The International Business Times.

And, when questioned over a possible move to England in the summer, Slimani added: "I honestly don't know. Everything will depend on Ajax."

Andre Villas-Boas was heavily linked with a move for the player on arrival at Stamford Bridge, with sections of the British media claiming Chelsea were considering a €30 million offer for the player.

The emergence of Jose Bosingwa in west London has softened the blow after missing out on a player in the position, but defence is still seen as the Achilles heel at Chelsea after an indifferent start to the campaign this term.

Villas-Boas has provided an attacking football philosophy since taking over, but also invested heavily in youth with the signings of Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku, Oriol Romeu and more.

Van der Wiel would fit into this system at Chelsea, whilst his versatility would also add strength-in-depth at the defensive area.

Manchester United, meanwhile, are thought to have held a much more recent interest in the player, with claims that scouts were present during Holland's 3-0 defeat to Germany on Tuesday night.

With Van der Wiel's contract expiring in 18 months, Sir Alex Ferguson appears to have spotted an opportunity to bring a player to Old Trafford for a cut-price fee.

The IBT goes on to claim that a valuation in excess of £25 million has now been dropped to around £12 million, putting the player well within the Red Devils' market reach.

Ferguson also invested heavily in young players recently, with David de Gea and Phil Jones drafted in by Manchester United in the summer transfer window.

A lack of depth in the right back position has seen Jones and Chris Smalling both fill-in with the absence of Rafael da Silva, but Van der Wiel would be a permanent solution to what is a potentially serious problem at Manchester United.

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