Manchester City and Chelsea set to do battle over Gregory van der Wiel

Manchester City and Chelsea are set to do battle off the field this summer, as they both look to prize Holland international defender Gregory van der Wiel away from his current club, Dutch giants Ajax.

Dutch defender Gregory van der Wiel could be set for a move to the Premier League

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has earmarked the attacking right-back as a younger alternative to the injury-prone Bosingwa, whom he is willing to listen to offers for, and as a player who carries greater attacking threat from that position than current incumbent Branislav Ivanovic.

Meanwhile, City counterpart Roberto Mancini sees the 23-year-old as the ideal player to solve his clubs problematic right-back position – a role which has been filled by Micah Richards, Pablo Zabaleta and Jerome Boateng this season – having missed out on an audacious move for his first choice, Barcelona’s Dani Alves.

It is believed that van der Wiel, who was excellent during Holland’s run to the World Cup final in South Africa last year, is looking to move away from the Eredivisie this summer to one of Europe’s more competitive leagues, having made more than 100 appearances for the Amsterdam club.

Ajax are asking for a fee in the region of £12m for the player, and are understood to have already fielded enquiries about the current Dutch Young Player of the Year from both English clubs and German champions Bayern Munich.

However, with Louis Van Gaal set to leave the Allianz Arena this summer, interest from Bavaria has cooled slightly, leaving City and Chelsea free to do battle over his signature.

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