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Chelsea in talks with agent of Van der Vaart

Chelsea are in talks with the representatives of Hamburg midfielder Rafael van der Vaart.

Blues boss Avram Grant is eager to land the Hamburg captain, 25, in the summer and Blues technical director Frank Arnesen has held talks with his agent Soren Lerby.

Chelsea's German scout Rainer Bonhof saw £20million-rated Van der Vaart take his season's goal tally to 10 - making him the Bundesliga's joint-top marksman - in the weekend's 1-1 draw at Bayer Leverkusen.

Van der Vaart has refused to sign a contract extension. And even though he is also wanted by Inter Milan, Juventus and Valencia, Chelsea are his favoured option.

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