Chelsea's latest transfer news sees the club apparently missing out on the chance to sign deadly Colombian striker Radamel Falcao. However, manager Jose Mourinho won't be too broken hearted since he's already signed Diego Costa and brought Didier Drogba back to Stamford Bridge.
One player the Blues boss might not be sorry to let go is young Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel. He has reportedly given Chelsea an ultimatum regarding his playing time, a move unlikely to impress Mourinho.
Here's the latest on these developments, beginning with Falcao:
Falcao Happy at Monaco
Any hopes of a possible move for Falcao have been dampened by news the player is content at French Ligue 1 club Monaco. That's according to an interview the striker gave with French TV station Canal + (h/t GianlucaDiMarzio.com):
The Colombian spoke to Canal + after the match:'Today’s victory was an important one, especially since we were playing an excellent team like Nantes. The future? I hope to stay, I’m happy here'
While few teams would turn down a forward possessing Falcao's obvious talent in front of goal, Chelsea should be able to cope without him. The arrival of Costa ensures that.
The Spain international is prolific and will soon be the focal point of Chelsea's attack. He offered ample evidence of that by netting his first goal for the club in the recent 2-0 Premier League win over newly promoted Leicester City.
But it's not all about the former Atletico Madrid star. The Blues can also call on Drogba, an accomplished veteran who can still trouble defences at age 36.
Should Mourinho still pursue Falcao?
Although retaining Torres is a somewhat dubious move, it does at least give Mourinho's squad three natural centre-forwards. In this sense, Chelsea are already well stocked up front and don't have to indulge in a bid for Falcao.
The price of a loan deal for the 28-year-old was recently quoted at as much as £12 million, per French radio station RMC (h/t Daily Express reporter Jamie Anderson). So Mourinho has all the reasons he needs not to pursue this deal.
Van Ginkel a Loan Target for Serie A Clubs
Van Ginkel has made it clear he wants games or else he'll pursue interest from Italy, per Mirror writer Darren Witcoop:
Marco van Ginkel has told Chelsea to play him or lose him as clubs from the continent queue up for his signature.
The fit-again £8 million Holland midfielder wants assurances over his future after holding talks with Blues manager Jose Mourinho .
Van Ginkel, 21, fears being left out in the cold with Nemanja Matic and John Obi Mikel favoured for the holding role.
Dutch club PSV Eindhoven have also asked Chelsea over his availability for a season-long loan move.
Chelsea can't let themselves be forced into action, no matter how unhappy a player is. This is, after all, the era of squad football. So Van Ginkel's demands are unlikely to sway Mourinho.
It certainly wouldn't hurt for Mourinho to let Van Ginkel experience first-team action elsewhere this season. That would be a great way of finding out if the young Dutch ace is actually a player capable of eventually making the grade at Stamford Bridge.
It certainly does appear difficult for him to come by playing time with Chelsea this season. Not only are Matic and Mikel blocking his path in deep-lying roles, as Witcoop noted, but there's also a player such as Ramires.
Further forward, new arrival Cesc Fabregas and Brazilian Oscar will both get games ahead of Van Ginkel and rightly so. For the sake of his development, the one-time Vitesse Arnhem prodigy should push for a move.
Mourinho would also be wise to grant the player's wish. It would be vital experience for Van Ginkel and an easy way for Chelsea to mold a potential future star without having to do the heavy lifting.
Even if Van Ginkel were sold, the Blues could insert a buy-back clause. The club has already reaped the benefit of bringing back a former player in the form of Matic, who returned from Benfica in January.
Is a loan move the best thing for Van Ginkel?
Chelsea can afford to let Van Ginkel prove himself elsewhere. It's a move Mourinho should sanction.
Transfer speculation surrounding the Blues has slowed considerably. That's only natural following some excellent deals earlier in the summer, as well as a solid start to the new season.
This squad is loaded enough not to need Falcao and be able to let a promising young player like Van Ginkel leave. That's an enviable position to be in.