Chelsea have an impressive list of well-known stars filling out their first-team ranks, but they also boast a large number of players out on loan to develop.
Marco van Ginkel joined the latter group on deadline day by moving to AC Milan on loan, where he will look to make a splash after a disappointing season.
The Dutch midfielder moved to Stamford Bridge last summer for £8 million from Vitesse Arnhem. But an anterior cruciate ligament injury ended his season in September, leaving van Ginkel on a long road to recovery.
That recovery has culminated with the 21-year-old’s temporary switch to Milan this term. At San Siro, Van Ginkel will be given the chance to gain valuable experience and prove to Blues boss Jose Mourinho he is ready to compete for a place at Stamford Bridge.
Van Ginkel is understandably raring to go in northern Italy, with Sunday’s clash away to Parma his first opportunity to impress with the Rossoneri.
Chelsea will be hoping to see van Ginkel given plenty of minutes by Milan head coach Filippo Inzaghi – and in turn it appears have handed the Italian tactician an incentive.
According to Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, Milan will receive a €500,000 discount on the €1m loan fee paid for van Ginkel if he makes 20 appearances.
The deal works for both parties, as Milan are a notoriously cash-strapped club these days and regular football will be key for van Ginkel to develop into a Chelsea-calibre player.
Di Marzio adds that Milan may look to buy the Netherlands international outright next June if at all possible. But if all goes well for Van Ginkel, then it’s certainly hard to see Chelsea handing their young star over to the Rossoneri permanently.
The aim for the Blues is to bring Van Ginkel back to base a more refined product. And with Milan given financial motivation to bring him along with continuity, Chelsea appear to have taken an extra step to make sure Van Ginkel is in a situation to succeed.