AC Milan president Adriano Galliani has confirmed that he is interested in signing Chelsea striker Fernando Torres before the close of the transfer window, while he also admitted that a loan deal for Marco van Ginkel was possible.
The Spaniard is out of favour at Stamford Bridge and is yet to play a single minute in the Premier League this term - he was left out of Chelsea's squad entirely for their win over Leicester on Saturday.
Van Ginkel meanwhile has recently recovered from a serious knee injury that ruled him out of the majority of last season, and faces increased competition in midfield following the arrival of Cesc Fabregas.
Galliani confirmed that Milan were looking at a deal for Torres, and also revealed that contact had been made with Chelsea over a loan deal for Van Ginkel.
“We are in the last stages of the [transfer] market and we will see if we are able to acquire an important forward," he told Milan's official website.
“This is our main aim. Torres is certainly an important forward and we will see if we can sign him or another player.
“Van Ginkel? It’s possible. We have written to Chelsea and are awaiting a response. We are optimistic.”
If Torres does leave Chelsea then it will bring to an end one of the more spectacular transfer flops in Premier League history. The former Liverpool man joined the Blues in 2011 for a then-record £50 million - but he's only managed to score just 20 Premier League goals in 110 appearances.
Now with Diego Costa leading the line for Chelsea and Didier Drogba providing back-up, his days look numbered.
However despite that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho remains adamant that he won't leave because he needs three strikers for the season. There is a chance he could move to bring in a replacement before the close of the window.
There remains some way before the deal is done however; reports claimed yesterday that Milan were hoping to loan Torres while Chelsea want the switch to be permanent.
The loan of Van Ginkel would deal with a problem for Chelsea - they are currently one player over the Premier League quota for foreign players. That means they could bring in a foreign replacement for Torres, with the likes of Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao linked.