Chelsea Consider Swoop for £13m Rated Real Madrid Midfielder: Ozil’s Arrival Could Spark Van der Vaart Bidding War

Stamford Bridge target Dutch international who is set to become surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu.

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Netherlands' Rafael van der Vaart stands on the pitch at their 2010 World Cup final soccer match against Spain at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg July 11, 2010.  REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)

Chelsea are planning an audacious swoop for Real Madrid midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart who is said to be ready to leave the La Liga giants following the arrival of Mesut Ozil from Werder Bremen. Carlo Ancelotti has been keen to strengthen his midfield after losing the services of Michael Ballack, Deco and Joe Cole this summer.

The fact that the Blues allowed Ricardo Carvalho to rejoin Jose Mourinho could help matters if the west London side do indeed follow up their interest in the Dutch international with a solid bid for his services. The 27 year old former Ajax and Hamburg man has struggled to get a foot hold in the Bernabeu first team but had hoped to be able to win over new boss Jose Mourinho but the signing of Ozil could be the death knell of Van der Vaart’s Real Madrid career.

There has been some talk of a potential return to the Bundesliga but it could be that he is looking for a fresh challenge and a move to the Premier League champions would be a very tempting move to consider. The attacking midfielder has also seen his lack of first team action cost him a regular spot in the Dutch national team and the former international regular only managed to play in group matches during the World Cup and lost his place to Arjen Robben when he had recovered from his injury.

Jose Mourinho will also know that he needs to trim his squad to help cut his massive wage bill and would probably consider offers of around £12-14m for the player who arrived in Spain in the summer of 2008 for a fee of £11m.

Manchester City are also said to be interested in the talented attack minded midfielder and there interest could drive the price ever upwards.

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