Wasn’t Rafael van der Vaart being linked to a move to Italian giants Juventus in January? One month fast forward and his suitors have changed. Chelsea are now being touted as the player’s likely destination in the summer.
Not that Chelsea manager Avram Grant would mind a player of Rafael van der Vaart’s class and calibre. The SV Hamburg midfielder is a graduate of the fabled youth academy of Ajax and although he hasn’t been able to live up to the expectations that he flared up in his first few years at the Amsterdam Areana, Van der Vaart is a classy midfielder with some looks too.
Chelea scout Rainer Bonhof was at Hamburg’s match against Bayer Leverkusen at the weekend and kindly dropped us a hint of Chelsea’s interest in the Dutch international:
I can’t say which player I came to watch but when you have a look at the match, you could imagine who was the most interesting.
There you have the rumour mill bursting into action once again.