AC Milan have completed the signing of Chelsea starlet Marco van Ginkel on a season-long loan, reports the Guardian. The move was finalised on the transfer deadline day, as van Ginkel follows Fernando Torres to the San Siro.
The defensive midfielder has been shipped to Italy in order for him to pick up some regular playing time, having seen his career stunted by injury within the past 12 months. The 21 year old missed most of the 2013-14 campaign with a serious knee injury, but he has returned to match fitness and will hope to be in contention for a starting position at Milan.
At AC he will be faced with the task of helping to steer a giant club back towards the top positions on the league table. The Serie A side slumped out of the European spots last season, and so will only have domestic trophies to focus upon. The minimum aim will be to qualify for the Europa League, although the team will be looking to gain a spot in the Champions’ League mostly.
Van Ginkel follows Torres to Milan, with the Spaniard putting pen to paper on a two year loan deal. Torres had been frozen out of Jose Mourinho’s plans with the signings of Diego Costa and Didier Drogba, but should feature heavily for AC in the absence of Mario Balotelli, who was sold to Liverpool last week.