AC Milan Summer Transfer Deadline Tracker 2014: List of Moves and Rumours
Torres will stay for two seasons on loan—possibly longer. But Van Ginkel will go back to London once the year is up.
It is a neat little package, but it is nothing more than a stopgap. Torres is 30, and there is no option to buy Van Ginkel permanently, according to the Milan Channel (h/t Football Italia).
The people at Milan are making out Torres to be the next messiah. CEO Adriano Galliani said it only took eight hours to seal Torres, as if bragging about his negotiation skills. But in reality, there is a lot of work for Torres to do.
So the Band-Aid is on, and we'll have to see if it holds.
Let's take a look at the final moves Milan are making on this, the final day of the transfer window.
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Milan Sign Giacomo Bonaventura Rather Quickly
Finally, a quick bit of business from a club that likes to drag out the inevitable.
Giacomo Bonaventura has signed a five-year contract with Milan from Atalanta.
The deal is worth €7 million, according to Sky Sport Italia (h/t Football Italia).
Bonaventura is a 25-year-old attacking midfielder who is good on the ball, and he deserves a shot at a bigger club.
In five seasons with Atalanta, Bonaventura made 135 appearances and scored 24 goals. He joins Giampaolo Pazzini and Riccardo Montolivo as Atalanta youth products at Milan.
Bryan Cristante Leaves Milan
There goes another one. Milan have agreed to sell youth product Bryan Cristante for a reported fee of €6 million, as per Sky Sport Italia (h/t Football Italia). It is another case of Milan letting go of a young player before even giving him a fair chance.
At first, Milan said he would stay, as per CalcioMercato.com, as was the case for many players who would end up leaving anyway.
Cristante had a goal and an assist in only three Serie A appearances with Milan last season, and it looks like he simply wanted to play more.
Sky reports that Cristante asked to be sold due to the lack of playing time. @bryan_cristante— AC Milan News (@Milanello) September 1, 2014
Milan have done this before. They sent out Alberto Paloschi to Chievo Verona, until selling him permanently. Paloschi has scored 20 goals over the past two seasons, and he could have replaced Mario Balotelli.
Milan director Umberto Gandini even admitted to me on Beyond the Pitch last year that "we never have enough patience to wait for the talent to develop.”
Jonathan Biabiany Transfer Falls Apart
Jonathan Biabiany was supposed to be the next former Inter player to suit up for AC Milan. The move fell apart.
The 26-year-old winger underwent a medical in Milan, per La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Football Italia), and even posed for an official photo with a Milan scarf draped around him. He was ready to be one of their final signings.
Expect Cristian Zaccardo ruined it all. The former World Cup winner was the man going to Parma in exchange for Biabiany, but he could not agree terms.
Milan's communiqué regarding the collapsed Biabiany-Zaccardo swap deal (Zaccardo didn't agree terms with Parma): pic.twitter.com/Dv5Rpkfw5s— AC Milan News (@Milanello) September 1, 2014
Milan also offered €4 million to go along with Zaccardo.
Marco van Ginkel a Pure Loan
Van Ginkel has joined Milan on a season-long loan from Chelsea.
"I am very happy, Milan is a great club where many Dutch greats have played, big names,” Van Ginkel told the Milan Channel (h/t Football Italia). "“I am a midfielder who defends, but I can also score goals. I’m a player for all over the pitch."
But he is only a temporary solution. Milan essentially sold their own prospect (Cristante) to develop Chelsea's. One has to wonder if it is simply a favour to Chelsea, who had one too many foreigners on their squad. Chelsea know comply with the Champions League rules.