Milan are close to agreeing a deal that will take Fernando Torres to the San Siro on a season-long loan, but Marco van Ginkel will stay put at Chelsea.
The Daily Mail tweeted on Thursday:
BREAKING: Fernando Torres' representatives are heading to London to finalise a transfer to AC Milan— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) August 28, 2014
Simon Jones, also of the Daily Mail, adds that Torres is "ready to accept" the move, with only his wages remaining as a stumbling block in his potential switch.
The report states that the Spaniard earns an annual salary of £9 million at Stamford Bridge, but the Rossoneri are only willing to pay £7 million of that sum.
The Blues would prefer to see the Italians foot the entire bill, knowing how eager Milan are to sign the forward after vice-president Adriano Galliani voiced his admiration of Torres, per Jones' report: "Our goal is to take a great striker. Fernando Torres? He is a great striker. Let’s see if he comes or someone else. We are actively working."
Milan are attempting to fill the void left by Mario Balotelli's transfer to Liverpool earlier in the week, heading into a campaign where improvements will be demanded of Filippo Inzaghi.
If the Serie A outfit are unable to come to an agreement for Torres, Nik Postinger of We Play notes that they do have alternative options lined up:
Gazzetta say Torres has spoken with Galliani and verbally agreed to join Milan. Fulham's Kostas Mitroglou is the backup if it falls through.— Nik Postinger (@nikpostinger) August 28, 2014
The arrivals of Diego Costa and Didier Drogba have increased competition in attack at Stamford Bridge, and even with the departures of Samuel Eto'o and Romelu Lukaku, both to Everton, Torres is seen as surplus to requirements.
Chelsea may seek a replacement up front if Torres does leave, however, and with the transfer window deadline approaching, a swift deal would undoubtedly suit them better.
Regardless of whether Torres moves, Van Ginkel doesn't appear likely to make a similar switch. It's understood Chelsea want to keep the midfielder but would be open to the idea of a season-long loan.
Serie A transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio says Van Ginkel has decided to fight for his place in west London as he attempts to make his mark on the first team:
Marco Van Ginkel some minutes ago refused loan to AC Milan: he wants to stay at Chelsea, as confirmed by his agent #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 27, 2014
Van Ginkel is recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury that sidelined him for the majority of the 2013-14 season.
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That being said, the former Vitesse Arnhem playmaker arrived in England as one of the Eredivisie's most highly rated prospects, and Jose Mourinho may yet have major plans should his fitness hold up.
Milan are eager to add to their core after Riccardo Montolivo suffered a broken leg in the build-up to this year's World Cup, ruling him out for the beginning of their campaign.
Both deals currently rest in the hands of the players and their representatives, it seems, with Torres' move depending on his desire for first-team football weighed up against his earnings.
For Van Ginkel, it's strictly about the playing time, and although he would receive more minutes at the San Siro, the youngster appears eager to do battle with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic and Ramires instead.