Chelsea Transfer News: AC Milan Loan Ideal Next Step for Marco Van Ginkel

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2014

Chelsea's Marco van Ginkel looks on during a line up before the start of their Champions League group E soccer match against Basel at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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AC Milan are confident they can land a loan deal for Chelsea youngster Marco van Ginkel, and a season with the Serie A giants would be the perfect next step in the Dutchman's development.

The Rossoneri are actively looking for reinforcements late in the 2014 summer transfer window, and as reported by's Stefan Coerts, CEO Adriano Galliani has identified Van Ginkel and Fernando Torres as potential targets.

On the subject of the 21-year-old midfielder, Galliani sounded confident a deal could be made: "Signing Van Ginkel seems a realistic possibility," he said. "We have submitted an offer to Chelsea. We now await their response but we are fairly optimistic."

Van Ginkel showed tremendous promise in limited playing time during his first season at Stamford Bridge, but a devastating knee injury hampered his opportunities to prove he's ready to contribute at the Premier League level.

The Blues invested in their central midfield over the summer by bringing in Cesc Fabregas, so minutes could be hard to come by for Van Ginkel. According to beIN Sports' Tancredi Palmeri, the club is open to a one-year loan:

If the final decision comes down to the player, the Dutchman shouldn't hesitate for one second: Milan is the perfect club for him right now.

The Rossoneri are no longer the dominant force they were five years ago, when they were perennial contenders in the UEFA Champions League. Going into the 2014-15 season, they're scrambling to put together a competent squad that will challenge for a top-five finish in Italy, where Juventus reign supreme.

Milan are nowhere near the level of Chelsea, and on a sporting level Van Ginkel would be taking a step back. But given the club's struggles on the pitch, consistent playing time would almost be a guarantee. And at this stage of his career, Van Ginkel needs minutes to develop.

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Serie A has an excellent reputation for developing central midfielders. It's where players like Kevin Strootman and Arturo Vidal came of age and where Nigel de Jong learned how to boss opposing players without putting them on the ground.

Milan's biggest selling point has to be new manager Pippo Inzaghi, however. The former striker took over the position from Clarence Seedorf after two wildly successful years leading the club's Primavera, quickly establishing himself as the hottest coaching name in Italy.

While he lacks experience on the highest level, his reputation for developing younger players is sterling. Inzaghi's knowledge of the game is unmatched. The legendary striker made a career out of poaching goals, and as he lacked any form of athletic ability, his vision and insight carried him every step of the way.

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Those same attributes made him one of the most highly sought-after coaches in all of football, and a perfect fit for the Primavera. Inzaghi will teach youngsters everything he knows, and he knows plenty.

Under Inzaghi, Van Ginkel could grow as a player in a league filled with elite central midfielders. Consistent playing time will help his development more than a season on the bench in London, where Jose Mourinho isn't exactly known for his proficiency at developing young talent.

Van Ginkel will make Milan better, but more importantly, Milan will make Van Ginkel better. At the tender age of 21, the Dutchman still has a long road to walk. If he's smart, that road will lead him to Italy for the next 12 months.