Newcastle have watched Dutch central midfielder Marco van Ginkel for a couple of years now, and there’s news in the Chronicle that Newcastle are interested in bringing the 22 year-old to Tyneside this summer.
Marco van Ginkel on left playing for AC Milan last season
Van Ginkel began his career at Vitesse, and made his debut back in 2010 as a 17 year-old, and ended up playing 111 times for the club with 23 goals and 18 assists, before signing on at Chelsea two years ago for a fee reported to be around £8M.
He made his debt for Chelsea in the first game of the season in August 2013, as a substitute against Hull City, but then a month later he suffered an ACL knee injury, and that kept him on the sidelines for a full six months.
Last September he was sent out on loan to AC Milan, where he played 18 times with a goal and an assist, but during last season he had a few ankle injuries, which restricted his playing time in Italy.
Newcastle have never really replaced Yohan Cabaye, who left eighteen months ago for PSG, and we could do with some skill in the center of midfield.
Maybe Marco is the player Newcastle will now try to sign to finally replace the 29 year-old French International – who may even end up at Crystal Palace this summer with Alan Pardew and has never made the breakthrough in Paris.
There’s also a possibility Newcastle can get the 6’1″ tall Dutch midfielder on loan for the season.
He has played for the U15, U19 and 24 times for the Holland U21 side, and has made two appearances for the full Holland side, after making his debut in November of 2012 against Germany when he was 19 years old.