Torres phone call pushed van Ginkel to Milan

Marco Van Ginkel

Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport has given the back story and financial details of Marco van Ginkel's loan switch to AC Milan.

Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel has joined AC Milan for the season and it appears that Fernando Torres may have been responsible for his decision.

Torres had made the same move just 24 hours earlier after agreeing a two-year loan stay at San Siro, ending weeks of tough negotiations between the two sides.

And van Ginkel was announced as Milan's newest recruit late last night despite the player having reportedly rejected Milan last week.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, a phone call between Torres and van Ginkel may have played a crucial role in convincing the younger man to agree the move.

After that call, van Ginkel reconsidered his position and within hours had given his consent to join AC Milan.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Milan will pay Chelsea around £315,000 for the loan but if van Ginkel plays more than 20 games then that sum will be almost doubled.

The deal represents another coup for Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani, who has been severely tested in this market by the Rossoneri's failure to secure European football for this season.

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