Chelsea starlet Marco van Ginkel has joined Stoke City on a loan deal that is widely believed to be part of a deal that takes Asmir Begovic to Stamford Bridge.
The talented midfielder joined the Blues from Vitesse in the summer of 2013, but has only made two Premier League appearances for the current champions since completing his switch from the Eredivisie.
Jose Mourinho gave the 22-year-old an opportunity to gain first team experience on loan at AC Milan last season, but a switch to the Potteries will give the Dutchman a chance to ply his trade in the English top flight.
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During his time in Serie 'A' last term, the youngster made 18 appearances in all competitions, scoring his solitary goal against Roma towards the end of the season.
Van Ginkel wasn't the first name pitched to Mark Hughes though, according to the Daily Mail, with the Stoke boss turning down Nathan Ake, Patrick Bamford and Nathaniel Chalobah after they were put forward by the 'Special One'.
No to Loftus-Cheek
The report also claims Hughes wanted Ruben Loftus-Cheek at the Britannia Stadium as their first choice, but Mourinho refused following the England youth international's breakout season at Stamford Bridge.
Begovic's arrival at Chelsea will come in the wake of Petr Cech's move across London to Arsenal, whilst Stoke will be replacing Steven N'Zonzi with Van Ginkel if the two-cap Dutch international completes the move.
Begovic would also be the third player through the door on the King's Road, after Nathan's arrival from Atlético Paranaense and Radamel Falcao's from AS Monaco on loan. He of course spent last season with Manchester United.
Shaqiri still to come?
Stoke, meanwhile, have been busy recruiting with Philipp Wollscheid, Joselu and Jakob Haugaard all added to the squad. Xherdan Shaqiri has also been linked with a blockbuster move but it's yet to be completed.
A report by the BBC has claimed that Stoke have pulled out of the deal due to the player's refusal to make contact with club officials. That is yet to be confirmed, however.
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