Holland’s outstanding performance last night has re-opened the race for the Dutch master midfielder Rafael Van Der Vaart, with the Hamburg player apparently being a much sought-after player.
One player set to grace Euro 2008 who is being heavily linked to the Premier League is Hamburg’s Dutch master Rafael Van Der Vaart. Recent speculation has linked the player with a summer move to Stamford Bridge possibly to link up with compatriot Frank Rijkaard. However, if the player were to come available surely the majority of the top clubs in the Premier League as well as La Liga would be interested.
Van Der Vaart’s new club manager Martin Jol had this to say about his star player, “We have to do all we can to keep hold of him. He is one of the best five play-makers in Europe and he dictates the rhythm of Hamburg.”
The Hamburg star has all the attributes to be a major hit in the Premier League and with rumours of Lampard leaving the Bridge he would be a readymade replacement. Surely a player of this calibre would also interest the likes of Arsenal who need to replace want-away midfielder Alexander Hleb whilst Spurs may have the bargaining chips to tempt former Coach Martin Jol to sell as he’s rumoured to be interested in both Younes Kaboul and Kevin Prince Boateng. (footballpools.com)
So who wants the £15m rated talented maestro most? Can Hamburg keep their prized asset? Arsene Wenger has revealed his interest in the former Ajax man, when he was still plying his trade in the Eredivisie. No doubt if he continues to impress as he did against Italy last night, then his value may go through the roof, but can anyone prise him from Jol’s grasp? Do Arsenal fans rate Rafael highly? Would be suit the Gunners?