Chelsea Signs Van Ginkel, Manchester United loses bid

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Chelsea beat Manchester United in a bid to sign Netherlands international player Marco Van Ginkel from Vitesse Arnhem.

Marco van Ginkel in GelreDome during a football match Vitesse vs. FC Twente (2012)
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Van Ginkel is going to join Chelsea through Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho, who will be assisting the deal.

Mourinho guaranteed the Netherlands midfielder that he will be part of the first team this season, offering him a starting role in Chelsea, according to The Mail’s report on Sunday.

He was also a favorite of Manchester United, who made a late bid but lost the chance to Chelsea.

The 20 year-old central midfielder’s skills might be in par with Stamford Bridge prodigy Frank Lampard, the top goal scorer in Chelsea history in the previous season.

Van Ginkel has managed to score 8 goals and 10 assists in his 33 Eredivisie appearances for Vitesse Arnhem. This is an accomplishment for the club at his early age; nevertheless, there is no assurance he will live up to the expectations.