Several media outlets in England have reported that new Manchester United manager David Moyes is set to hijack Chelsea’s £15million move for Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel.
The 20-year-old was in impressive form for Netherlands at the ongoing Under-21 European Championship is Israel, where his team crashed out in the semi-final against Italy on Saturday.
Ginkel is said to have caught the eye of Old Trafford chief scout Jim Lawlor, who was present at the tournament to apparently scout the youngster's teammate Kevin Strootman. He orchestrated his team's midfield in an exemplary fashion and was a lively presence at both ends of the pitch. Ginkel can fit well into United's system of play, but the Red Devils could face immense difficulties in signing him.
Chelsea have the first refusal on Ginkel's club Vitesse Arnhem's players.
This means if Jose Mourinho pushes to sign Ginkel this summer, United will have no other option but to accept defeat to the Blues in the pursuit of the player.
Ajax have already been abandoned their hopes of signing the Dutchman due to Chelsea's intervention and the Red Devils could soon have to do the same.
On the other hand, the lad himself has hinted about a possible move away from Vitesse after Holland's exit from the Under-21 European championship.
Speaking to Sky Sports News Radio after the game, he said: "My future? Now I have a vacation and I'll concentrate on that. After my holiday, we will see. Maybe!"
When told that Moyes is also reportedly interested in signing him, Ginkel stated, "Manchester United, I didn't know... I have two more years at Vitesse. It's a club who's growing, so I'm also happy there."