Chelsea and Manchester United will go head-to-head for the signature of Marco van Ginkel.

Both English clubs sent scouts to the Under-21 Championship and were thoroughly impressed with what they saw.

The Dutch footballer of the year is one of the best young talents in Europe and it’s no surprise that the Premier League leads the race to sign him.

Of the two mentioned English clubs, Chelsea have edged in front of United after reportedly agreeing a fee with Vitesse for a bargain £7.6million.

Jose Mourinho is desperate to sign the Dutchman and is ready to sell some of how his current crop of midfielders to make room.

Manchester United are yet to bid for van Ginkel and will need to get a move on if they are to secure his services.

United have often been criticised for their lack of a world-class midfielder and van Ginkel fits the bills perfectly.

The Vitesse Arnhem midfielder has alerted many of Europe’s elite by confirming it is highly likely he will leave the Dutch club this summer.


Chelsea have also joined the race to sign Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney.

The forward who recently handed in a second transfer request in the space of three years at Old Trafford.

Mourinho is well aware of his lack of a world-class striker at the Bridge and would love to nab Rooney from one of his closest rivals.

If United can get their main targets then they will let Rooney go for £28million, which Chelsea can certainly afford.

Arsenal, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are other clubs thought to be interested in Rooney.