The club were planning on signing the Vitesse Arnhem midfielder but will have to give up on their pursuit.
Ajax’s sporting director Marc Overmars has admitted defeat in the race to sign Vitesse Arnhem midfielder Marco Van Ginkel according to Goal.com.
The club were planning to make a bid for Van Ginkel but will now concede that Chelsea are going to sign the midfielder.
Overmars admitted that Ajax just can’t compete with the spending power of clubs like Chelsea.
“Ajax were very interested in Van Ginkel and we were willing to go quite far,” Overmars said. “But if we have to compete with one of the big clubs from England it is always going to be difficult for us. We cannot beat Chelsea’s financial resources.”
Van Ginkel has been a target for Ajax for sometime but now the midfielder is set to be Jose Mourinho’s first signing as Chelsea boss.
The midfielder does have a contract with Vitesse Arnhem until 2015 but the Dutch club look set to cash in on Van Ginkel and will accept a bid of £8.4 million.
The midfielder is one of the stars of the under 21 European Championships in Israel, helping the Dutch side qualify for the semi-finals of the competition.
Van Ginkel won’t be the last of Chelsea’s signing this summer, with the club interest in Napoli striker Edison Cavani and Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko.