Cristian Chivu is all set to return to his former club Ajax where he played from 1999 to 2003. The Romanian, whose contract comes to an end in the summer, has been linked with a move to various clubs in the past. However, it seems that his former club Ajax are turning out to be the front runners in the race for the Romanian.

The 31-year-old represents an ideal opportunity for Ajax to build upon given that he has a wealth of experience and also knows the club inside out. Ajax have not been doing well in the Champions League in recent decades, but the return of Cristian Chivu could signal a change in the fortune for the Dutch club.

It is thought that Ajax full-back Gregory van der Wiel will leave the club in the January transfer window or in the summer. According to Ajax, Cristian Chivu could be more than a perfect replacement for the right back. The Romanian is perfectly adept at playing in various positions and will be a great asset to the team at least for the next couple of years. The fact that he is arriving on a free transfer makes the deal even more sweeter for Ajax.

“Chivu is definitely an option in January (should Vertonghen) depart. We must wait and see whether it is feasible but Cristian has always been very interested in Ajax. When he was linked with Real it seemed that he was going. But should the situation arise that he chooses us we will certainly not waste it,” manager De Boer told Voetbal Primeur. Now, it seems certain that Ajax will be making an official offer to Inter Milan for the defender. The manager also said that Vertonghen could leave the club in the January transfer window.