Chelsea target has his heart set on Valencia

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Ajax are hopeful Chelsea will enter into a bidding war for defender Gregory van der Wiel reports talkSPORT.

The 23-year-old Dutch international is poised to leave the Amsterdam Arena at the end of the 2011-12 campaign, with La Liga outfit Valencia the current favourites for his signature.

Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas has also been credited with an interest in van der Wiel's signature, and reportedly came close to signing him in the summer.

The Portuguese tactician is looking to bolster his defensive ranks at Stamford Bridge and may look to renew his interest in the Ajax star.

But any hopes Chelsea may have had of signing van der Wiel, have been dealt a major blow after his agent Hakim Slimani revealed his client has his heart set on a move to Spain, and claims the Eredivisie outfit are stalling on the deal in an effort to increase his price tag.

"Perhaps Ajax hope other clubs will ask for him, but Gregory is already determined in his decision; he wants to go to Valencia," Slimani told Voetbal International.

"It would be good if the situation is clarified quickly so Gregory could concentrate completely on his last season at Ajax."

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