Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel continues to be one of the best players in his home country’s top flight. At age 25 and now in his third season at PSV Eindhoven, he was named captain at the start of the season and on Sunday was the first to lift the league trophy for the club’s 24th Eredivisie title, scoring 14 goals and assisting 4 more along the way.
His importance to PSV is unquestionable by this point, even if he is technically still just on loan there from Chelsea. Given that he’s been a capable captain and has the supporters chanting his name, that technicality may soon be a thing of the past as well.
The fans’ desires are matched by the clubs, and it’s nothing new as PSV have been keen on acquiring Van Ginkel since his first loan spell there in the second half of 2015-16 (when he also played a crucial role in PSV winning the Dutch title).
PSV obviously remain interested, although they realize that there may be financial considerations and possible outside interests to contend with.
“Someone like Marco has become a very important player. We tried to buy from Chelsea last year, but that was not feasible. And of course you also have to deal with a salary ceiling. If there is only one percent chance of taking him from Chelsea, I will go for it.”
-Marcel Brands, PSV technical director; Source: De Telegraaf via Google Translate
There are two years remaining on Van Ginkel’s contract with Chelsea, which gives the Blues and whoever the manager will be next season time to take a look at him this summer and decide once and for all whether he has a future at the club (if he’s willing to try his luck at Chelsea that is). PSV will be hoping that MvG chooses them, but given the successful reintegrations of Victor Moses and Andreas Christensen in the last two off-seasons, Chelsea may be finally figuring out how to take best advantage of our vast loan army.
Could Van Ginkel be the next in that line? Or will he finally make his move to PSV a permanent one? Or will a third, as yet unseen option emerge? Just one of the many storylines to keep an eye on this summer.