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AC Milan offer for Marco Van Ginkel accepted

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Italian giants AC Milan have confirmed on their website that they've made a double bid for Chelsea duo Marco Van Ginkel and Fernando Torres - with the Van Ginkel offer reportedly accepted.

As reported by the Guardian, Milan are keen to sign Torres as a direct replacement for Mario Balotelli, who departed for Liverpool earlier this week. Chelsea are thought to be open to offers, although Milan want Torres on a season-long loan.

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Van Ginkel availability

According to the Daily Star, Van Ginkel has recovered from a serious knee injury suffered last season and is in contention at Chelsea. But competition for places in midfield is fierce, and Jose Mourinho may be tempted to cash in if Milan make an offer that realises a profit on Chelsea's £8m investment.

Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Milan also wanted Van Ginkel on loan initially, with a right to buy next summer if the Dutchman impresses. And the Daily Star claims it has now been accepted by Chelsea. 

Fernando Torres availability

As for Torres, the Italian paper speculates that the former-Liverpool man is likely to favour something more longer-lasting, as the Spaniard has fallen well and truly out of favour under Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.

But with Milan strapped for cash and eager to make use of the loan market for the time being, they may look for alternatives - one of which is also at home in the Premier League.

Liverpool forward Fabio Borini is available this summer, but again, Brendan Rodgers wants to sell the Italian international rather than loan him out again. He spent time at Sunderland last season.

Mourinho on midfielder's fitness

Milan statement

AC Milan chief Adriano Galliani issued a statement on Milan's website that read: "We are in the last stages of the [transfer] market and we will see if we are able to acquire an important forward.

"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."

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