Chelsea transfer target: Gregory van der Wiel

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After completing the signing of Gary Cahill, Andre Villas-Boas is reportedly looking to further bolster his Chelsea defence and - it would appear - this has led him to Ajax full-back Gregory van der Wiel.

According to talkSPORT, Villas-Boas has not given up on signing the Holland international after almost bringing him to Stamford Bridge last summer.

With suggestions that van der Wiel could move to west London before the close of the January transfer window, GMF takes a closer look at the 23-year-old…


Should Chelsea complete the signing of van der Wiel, then he would surely prove to be an exciting addition to Andre Villas-Boas' squad.

At the moment, right-back is the weakest area of Villas-Boas' side and one that certainly needs addressing at some point.

Jose Bosingwa has been favoured by the Blues boss in that position this season, but has been far from convincing, particularly when on the back-foot.

Branislav Ivanovic excelled at full-back during Carlo Ancelotti's time at the club, but the robust Serb does not fit with Villas-Boas' attacking philosophy, and is better suited centrally.

Villas-Boas also has Paulo Ferreira at his disposal, but the 33-year-old is merely needed as an emergency back-up during the twilight years of his career.

Of the options available on the market, van der Wiel would be an ideal fit for the style Villas-Boas wants to adopt, with his searing pace and attacking qualities both key attributes.

Despite his tender years, van der Wiel can also boast a wealth of experience for both club and country, having been capped 25 times for Holland - including appearing in the 2010 World Cup final.

Also, if reports are to be believed, van der Wiel would be available at a relative sip - €12 million.


Van der Wiel's ineligibility for the Champions League is likely to prove a sticking point, should Chelsea decide to make a move for his signature.

The defender appeared for Ajax in competition earlier this season, as the Eredivisie side failed to progress to the next stage of the competition.

When questioned earlier this week about the potential signing of Willian from Shakhtar Donetsk, the Portuguese said it would be unlikely due to his unavailability for European football.

The Chelsea manager is likely to hold the same opinion when it comes to van der Wiel.


A player with a bags of potential, who has already established himself as one of the finest players in his position currently operating in Europe.

An ideal solution to Chelsea's problems at right-back, and his signing would signal the end of Jose Bosingwa's Stamford Bridge career.

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