Player profile: Marco van Ginkel, midfielder, Vitesse Arnhem

Marco van Ginkel has made his name at Vitesse Arnhem. Photo: PA

Name: Marco van Ginkel

Position: Centre midfield

Born: 1992

Club: Vitesse Arnhem

Country: Netherlands

Jose Mourinho and Chelsea are planning for the future, with Netherlands international Marco van Ginkel one player they hope to sign up this summer.

The Dutch midfielder is seen as a potential successor for Blues legend Frank Lampard, whose long-term future at Stamford Bridge is still under question despite recently signing a new one-year deal.

Van Ginkel is currently strutting his stuff at the European Under-21 Championships, having shown what he can do in the Eredivise with Vitesse Arnhem.

Having made his club debut aged just 17, the skilful central midfielder has built a healthy reputation in his homeland, which has now spread to England, and Chelsea's scouts.

Now 20, Van Ginkel has had three full seasons in the Dutch top-flight, making almost 100 appearances, netting 18 goals in the process.

Following another great season for Vitesse in the Eredivise, he was awarded 'Dutch Football Talent of the Year' award, capping off a perfect campaign, which included picking up his first full international cap in a friendly against Germany.

Van Ginkel scored eight times for his side in 2012/13, who finished fourth, aided by the midfielders strong relationship with 32-goal striker Wilfried Bony, who is also being linked with a move to the Premier League.

A strong runner from midfield, the 20-year-old is more than happy to get beyond his side's forward, and is comfortable in front of goal, when the chances arise.

He has great skill on the ball and quick, allowing him to beat a defender, and get away from them, aided by his pace.

As previously mentioned, if Van Ginkel were to arrive in west London this summer, he would very much be the heir to the Lampard throne, but he looks more than capable of being a success at Chelsea for years to come, if he's deployed correctly.

With Ramires and Jon Obi Mikel behind him, Van Ginkel could be given the license to push forward to join Chelsea attacks, and considering that he's far quicker than Lampard, he could be a greater threat for Mourinho's men.

The Premier League is a very good league, I think every young player wants to play there.

– Vitesse Arnhem midfielder Marco van Ginkel
Van Ginkel is in the Holland squad at the Euro Under-21 Championships. Credit: PA