Stamford Bridge outfit interested in Ajax full back.
Ajax admit they will be powerless to stop Gregory van der Wiel leaving in January if a ‘sensible’ bid came in.
talkSPORT revealed earlier this summer the Dutch full-back was being tracked by Chelsea but they were desperate to keep hold of him in the transfer window.
Manager Martin Jol has a lack of funds at his disposal and has been told player departures are a main way in which he can improve his situation at the Amsterdam Arena.
Carlo Ancelotti is said to be monitoring van der Wiel this season and officials at Ajax claim they are aware of interest from another Premier League club.
And now Ajax insiders are bracing themselves for a bid in January – with a bid for the 22-year-old between £12-£15m likely to make them listen.
A source close to the club has confirmed that two Premier League teams have requested ‘representative passes’ to watch Ajax matches this season, with van der Wiel likely to be the main attraction.
Luis Suarez, the free-scoring Ajax striker, remains settled in Holland for now but the future of Dutchman van der Wiel is not as certain. (TalkSPORT)
Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly very keen on the young Dutch full back and the Stamford Bridge boss is keen on building for the future and a move for the Ajax right back makes a great deal of sense. Arsenal are also tracking Gregory van der Wiel and a bidding war may ensue come January.
The Amsterdam born youngster has been a regular for the past two seasons and is a very combative wide man who also has good positional sense and knows how to defend. He is also able to pop up with the odd goal here and there and Martin Jol will be loathed to lose him but may opt to sell him rather than Luis Suarez, a player who arguably is more important to the Dutch side who have financial problems to contend with.
Although the Premier League champions have been using Branislav Ivanovic very effectively in the right side spot a move for the Netherlands international would still be a wise one for the future.