AC Milan and Chelsea have come to agreement over the terms of a loan deal for Marco Van Ginkel, according to reports in Italy.
The 21-year-old has been allowed to leave Stamford Bridge on a temporary basis after successful talks were held between the two clubs yesterday.
It is now up to Van Ginkel to decide whether or not he wants to move to Serie A or if he wants to fight for his place at Stamford Bridge this season.
Jose Mourinho is a known fan of the youngster and there is still a feeling that he could be a success at the Blues, but his first team opportunities look limited this term.
Oscar remains one of Mourinho’s favoured players, whilst Cesc Fabregas’s arrival means that he may now be second choice in the attacking midfield role – despite starting life as a deep-lying playmaker for the team.
As a result, Van Ginkel’s route to playing in his favoured position is blocked and, at his age, he may be better served by going to play regular first-team football.
Mourinho has shown that he will bring back players if they impress at other clubs with the faith that he has placed in Thibaut Courtois – who spent the past three years at Atletico Madrid - this season.
The Belgian stopper has displaced Petr Cech in goal for the Blues and that should offer Van Ginkel confidence if he does move that his future is not necessarily over.
That said, he may still feel that he can impress enough to get to play a part at his current club.
The Dutch international seemed to have broken into the first-team set-up at the start of last season, but a severe injury thwarted his progress and it appears to have knocked him down the pecking order for the foreseeable future.
If he does join the Serie A giants he could be joined by Fernando Torres, who has also been linked with a move to the San Siro recently.