Monday, 17 June 2013


ABOVE: Marco van Ginkel of Vitesse has emerged as a target for Europe's leading clubs including Chelsea, Ma
We were very interested in Van Ginkel and were willing to go quite far.
Ajax general manager Marc Overmars
16th June 2013

By Steve Millar

DAVID MOYES will battle the Special One to land Manchester United's second Van man.

Moyes would love to go double Dutch and partner midfielder Marco van Ginkel with his star striker Robin van Persie at Old Trafford next season.
But Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is in the driving seat with Van Ginkel's club Vitesse Arnhem having a link-up with the Stamford Bridge club.
That will not stop Moyes making his move as he gets out the United chequebook to splash up to £15million on the Dutch wonderkid.
United chief scout Jim Lawlor flew out to Israel to watch Van Ginkel play for Holland in the Under-21s European Championship.
And his dossier came back with a huge tick in the box that the player, who made his debut for Vitesse at 17, would fit well into a Red Devils shirt.
Van Ginkel, 20, is a playmaker with a huge future ahead of him after winning his first international cap against Germany in November 2012.
He made a huge impact in his domestic league last season, winning the Dutch Talent of the Year award with a host of impressive performances.
That put Dutch giants Ajax on full alert and they made Van Ginkel their No.1 target.
But after hearing Chelsea and United were interested Ajax have pulled out to leave the way clear for Van Ginkel to fulfil his dream of playing in the Premier League.
Ajax general manager Marc Overmars said: "We were very interested in Van Ginkel and were willing to go quite far.
"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 resources."
Van Ginkel cannot wait to make a big impression in English football and the pulling power of fellow Dutchman Van Persie could swing a move to United.
He said: "I think every young player wants to play in the Premier League."
Van Ginkel will be just one of Moyes' targets as he starts to get used to splashing the kind of cash he could only dream about during his 11 years in charge at Everton.
There is still hope around Old Trafford that Cristiano Ronaldo will turn his back on Real Madrid and return to United in a £60m-plus switch.
Moyes' record signing at Goodison, Marouane Fellaini, is still on his radar for £24m and he is refusing to give up on £40m-rated Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas.
The Spaniards have splashed £50m on Neymar and are also targeting Chelsea's Fernando Torres, so the writing is on the wall for Fabregas.
He is not giving any encouraging signs that he will quit the Nou Camp with comments that talk of him leaving is "absurd".
But Moyes has seen all these games played before and he will wait over the summer before hopefully landing another big prize.
Meanwhile, Rafael Da Silva reckons Moyes can step out of Sir Alex Ferguson's shadow by guiding United to the FA Cup for the first time in a decade.
Moyes faces a tough task in taking over from Ferguson and needs to make his mark at Old Trafford in his debut season.
And full-back Rafael believes lifting the FA Cup for the first time since 2004 would be the perfect way for the former Everton boss to win over fans.
The greedy Brazilian, who missed out on the Brazil squad for the Confederations Cup, will head back to England looking to land a famous quartet of trophies.
But he is especially keen to add an FA Cup medal to his personal trophy haul of three Premier League titles and one League Cup success.
He said: "Once we arrive back for pre-season, the focus will be on winning the league again and the Champions League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup.
"It has been a long time since we won the FA Cup, so we should be really focused to win the trophy again."
Manchester United last won the FA Cup in 2004 when Ruud van Nistelrooy scored twice in a 3-0 defeat of Millwall.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the other goal in a game United won with ease.