Forgotten Chelsea man Marco van Ginkel is facing a huge summer when he returns to west London ahead of next season.
Having usually found himself sent out on loan from the Blues for another year, the Dutchman’s future is unclear following a fantastic spell with PSV in the Eredivisie.
Not only has Van Ginkel impressed in midfield for the Dutch champions, he also captained them to the title.
Given the armband at the start of the campaign, PSV supporters called for the player to be signed permanently when celebrating their title triumph at the weekend.
The Dutch giants are believed to be extremely keen to sign Van Ginkel after two years at the Philips Stadion, yet the final decision rests with Chelsea.
Technical director Marcel Brands, who has been linked with a switch to Everton this summer, has stated that the club will do everything possible to sign the player.
“Someone like Marco has become a very important player,” he told Dutch publication De Telegraaf.
“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.
With two seasons left on his current deal at Stamford Bridge, the Blues have a big decision to make regarding their player.
A new contract could be on the table if they see him as a part of their future, while they could decide to cash in on him to get his maximum value.
They simply cannot let him run his contract down to the final year because of the danger of losing him on a free transfer, as well as the fact that any potential fee would drop significantly.
Following the success the player has enjoyed in his two-year spell with PSV, a number of Chelsea fans have called for Van Ginkel to be given an opportunity next campaign.
With 14 goals in 27 Eredivisie games this season, the Blues could do far worse than giving the 25-year-old a shot in the first team.
Having splashed out big money on Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater with little success, the duo could well be on their way from the capital after underwhelming campaigns with the Blues.
That could pave the way for Van Ginkel to add to his four first team appearances, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek will also be hoping to make a breakthrough following a successful year with Crystal Palace.
However, you would expect Chelsea to splash the cash given the way their title defence has gone.
A new manager could be what the player needs to be given his opportunity at Stamford Bridge, yet there are still question marks as to what will happen come July.
Victor Moses and Andreas Christensen have proved that there is a future at Chelsea following numerous loan spells away and they will give Van Ginkel hope that he can still make an impact for the Blues.
This miserable season has surely proved that spending big in the transfer market isn’t always the answer.
Sometimes what you’re looking for is right in front of you.