After Marco van Ginkel’s agent revealed this week that he planned to hold talks with Chelsea over his client’s future at Stamford Bridge, the midfielder has now been linked with a move to AC Milan.
Arriving from boyhood club Vitesse in July 2013 for around £8 million, the 21-year-old Dutchman made just four appearances during his first season in England before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in a League Cup tie against Swindon Town in September.
Returning to the reserves towards the end of the campaign, the two-time capped international looked impressive in pre-season but, with fierce competition for places in Jose Mourinho’s squad, his representatives have conceded that he might have to look elsewhere for regular first-team minutes.
'We are in talks with Chelsea,' Karel Jansen told Algemeen Daglad. 'Of course Marco wants to battle for his chances but there must be a sort of perspective.
'Monday evening wasn't that pretty to see. We are now waiting for an answer on Chelsea and their vision.'
The opportunity of a fresh start could be on the horizon, however, with Sky Italia reporting that Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has enquired about bringing Van Ginkel to Serie A on a season-long loan, with a potential buy-out clause also included in the deal.
Mourinho remains a huge fan of Van Ginkel’s all-round midfield skills, even vetoing an earlier loan move to Ajax last August to keep him around the first-team setup, but a spell elsewhere for the 2014-15 campaign at least could just prove the best thing for his development at this point.