Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel wanted to stay at Stamford Bridge until last minute talks with Fernando Torres and Nigel de Jong persuaded him to join AC Milan on loan.
The Daily Star carries quotes from Serie 'A' club chief Adriano Galliani who claims the Dutchman's switch to the San Siro nearly fell through, but for a late U-turn on the player's decision to spend the 2014/15 campaign in Italy.
Van Ginkel was initially determined to remain in west London and fight for his place in Jose Mourinho's side, but after spending the majority of the previous campaign sidelined by a cruciate ligament injury the Portuguese tactician thought it best for the player to continue his rehabilitation with the guarantee of regular football in Milan.
However, the 21-year-old was still unconvinced that his future would be better served in Serie 'A', that is until he spoke with his compatriot De Jong, and former Chelsea team-mate Torres who joined the club on a two-year loan deal a day earlier.
Adriano Galliani quotes:
"Van Ginkel initially resisted our advances," explained Galliani in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport. "At a certain point we set him an ultimatum, but then I realised he wouldn't join us like that and I told him that I was joking.
"It was not that he did not want to join Milan, but he is a huge talent and he thought that he could become a starter at Chelsea.
"However, Jose Mourinho, who is a great coach, thought that playing for Milan after eight months on the sidelines due to injury would be best for him.
"[So] we convinced him by using two players: De Jong spoke to him and then Fernando Torres as well. [And] eventually, he agreed to a move."
Talked to team-mates
De Jong's advice came somewhat out of the blue given that he had been heavily linked with a move away from Milan during the summer transfer window, with new Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal reportedly keen to take the former Manchester City star to Old Trafford.
Torres, meanwhile, had only resolved his own future hours before the transfer deadline, but Milan fans will be pleased to hear of his influence in helping Van Ginkel commit his short-term future to Pippo Inzaghi's side.
The Holland international only joined Chelsea from Vitesse Arnhem in an £8 million deal last summer, but saw his progression at Stamford Bridge halted by the cruel injury he suffered in the early stages of the 2013/14 campaign.
Mourinho is thought to have been impressed by the comeback that Van Ginkel has made, and feels he still has a future at Chelsea, but will benefit from a loan stint away before fighting for a place in the team next term.