Blues gazump United over Dutch star

Chelsea are expected to tie up the signature of Holland starlet Arjen Robben before the end of the week.

Chelsea are expected to tie up the signature of Holland starlet Arjen Robben before the end of the week.

The Blues last night revealed on their website, www.chelseafc.com, that the 20-year-old PSV Eindhoven forward is undergoing a medical at Stamford Bridge.

The arrival of Robben would be a coup for Chelsea following months of reports linking the youngster with their Barclaycard Premiership rivals Manchester United among other high-profile clubs.

In January, Robben was given a tour of Old Trafford as United boss Sir Alex Ferguson plotted a summer swoop.

However, PSV chairman Harry van Raaij hit out at that tactic and later accused the Premiership champions of halving an original £10m (€15m) offer.

Van Raaij told The Sun: “Because United were first in the queue, we kept Chelsea waiting. But when we had our second discussion with United over a fee, we were very disappointed over how low they believed they could push us.

“They seemed to think he was worth a lot less than Chelsea were willing to pay.

“That was a massive letdown and it was only then we opened negotiations with Chelsea.

“There’s a very good chance we will finalise the transfer this week.”

Dutch media outlets claim the player, who joined PSV from Groningen in 2002, is expected to sign a five-year contract with Chelsea at a cost of €20m.

“I think that I can become a better player at Chelsea and that I can develop myself into a top European player,” said Robben, who has scored two goals in four appearances so far for his country.

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