The two clubs were said to have agreed upon a deal earlier this week, but the Dutch midfielder’s supposed desire to fight for his place in the Chelsea lineup left things in the balance.
However, the newspaper has reported that Mourinho has put in a call to Milan to resurrect talks, with the Italian side’s CEO Adrian Galliani revealing that further discussions have taken place.
‘It was a pleasure to hear from him again,’ he was quoted as saying. ‘I've always had respect for him and this conversation just confirmed it for me.’
Arriving from boyhood club Vitesse in July 2013 for around £8 million, 21-year-old Van Ginkel made just four appearances during his first season in England before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in a League Cup tie against Swindon Town in September.
Returning to the reserve team action towards the end of the campaign, the two-time capped international impressed in pre-season but, with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian ahead of him in the pecking order, looked destined to spend the bulk of 2014-15 confined to the club’s star-studded bench.
Mourinho remains a big fan of Van Ginkel’s, given his undoubted promise, but, with first-team opportunities limited for this season at least, one would hope the former Eredivisie star will see that a short-term spell in Serie A is the best thing for his development at this stage.
Will a move to Milan serve Van Ginkel well?