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Chelsea close to £16M Van der Vaart deal

The People says the Dutchman, a goal-scorer and playmaker, has been lined up to replace Frank Lampard and Michael Ballack, who could both be on their way at the end of the season.

Despite uncertainty over the position of manager Avram Grant, the move for Van der Vaart has been powered by Chelsea's sporting director Frank Arnesen, who spent most of his career in Holland.

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