MILAN WILL know whether Fernando Torres and Marco Van Ginkel join them from Chelsea by Saturday at 12:00 CET.
The Serie A season starts in two days for the Rossoneri with a San Siro game against Lazio but Adriano Galliani and Filippo Inzaghi are still looking to reinforce the squad and it’s clear that a striker and a midfielder are the top requirements.
Milan sold Mario Balotelli to Liverpool for €20 million and it is well known that the number one target to replace him is Chelsea’s Fernando Torres and yesterday the Diavolo had a meeting with his agents and the sides moved closer.
Adriano Galliani and Umberto Gandini had an encounter with the agent of Torres, Margarita Garay, his Italian representative Gabriele Giuffrida and his spokesman Antonio Sanz in the Principe di Savoia hotel in Milano and it appears that Torres has agreed to join Milan. According to Sky Italia, there is an agreement in principle between the sides over a three-year deal.
Sky and La Gazzetta dello Sport have some differences in their reports: the television channel claims Milan and Torres have agreed on a permanent three-year deal with €3.5m net per season while today’s edition of the newspaper suggests that it would be a two-year loan with an option for a third year, with the salary being €4m net. In any case, all sides agree that Torres, whose contract with The Blues expire in 2016, would basically join Milan on a free transfer in he arrived.
Today the agents of Torres will meet Chelsea to discuss the severance package and there could be problems. According to Sky and Gazzetta, the Premier League side is not willing to give Torres a severance pay because they are essentially giving him away for free. The pink paper believes Torres’ demand is €7m while Sky reported yesterday that it’s closer to €4 mil.
Gazzetta reports that Roma are also interested in Torres so that could be another problem. Torres has given his availability to Milan but now the ball is at Chelsea’s court. They will have to negotiate a deal with his agents regarding the package. It’s stated in several places that Milan have told Chelsea and Torres that they have until Saturday at 12:00 CET to give the Rossoneri the final answer. Milan are keen to sign the 30-year-old striker but also have alternatives in the form of Jonathan Biabiany, the winger of Parma also attracted the interest of Inter, and Fulham’s 26-year-old striker Konstantinos Mitroglou.
As for Van Ginkel, the player is still deciding: his ‘no’ to Milan is not definitive and like Torres, he’d have to give Milan an answer until the noon of Saturday. Yesterday Adriano Galliani and Jose Mourinho spoke on the phone and according to La Gazzetta, Galliani has offered Chelsea and the player the following deal: if the Dutchman plays more than 20 games, Milan would pay €0.5m for the loan but if he plays less than 20 games, Milan would pay €1m for the loan (there’s no buy-out).
This deal is meant to motivate the 21-year-old to accept the deal as Galliani virtually promises space to the youngster. It remains to be seen whether this will convince Marco to accept the move as he seems more interested in staying there.