The Fernando Torres saga continued with news coming in that he would be signing permanently for AC Milan in January. Torres was loaned out at the start of the season by Chelsea and it seems that he will be joining the AC Milan team permanently, who will then loan him out to his old club Atletico Madrid and get Alessio Cerci joining AC Milan from Atletico in a swap.
Torres started his career in Atletico Madrid and left the current La Liga champions to join Liverpool in 2007 for a reported fee of £20 million. He then moved to Chelsea in 2011 for a then British record transfer fee of £50 million but he was never able to hit the heights which he did when he played for Liverpool.
Atletico Madrid sources had been stating that the deal was very close to completion and this represents a homecoming for Torres. He broke into the spotlight in 2001 when he played his first game for the senior Atletico Madrid squad. He slowly became an important player in the team and became captain at the age of 19 for his club.
He scored 91 goals in 244 appearances before he made a tough decision and joined Liverpool in the summer of 2007 with Rafa Benitez, while at Liverpool he showed his goal scoring prowess and became the first Liverpool player since Robbie Fowler to score more than 20 league goals in a season.
He became one of the most deadly strikers in Europe but his final season at Liverpool was plagued by injuries and in 2011 was bought by Chelsea for £50 million but was never able to hit the heights of his time at Liverpool. He scored 81 goals in 142 appearances for the Reds but only scored 45 in 172 appearances for Chelsea, although he did end up winning the FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League for Chelsea.
He was also one of the players to be part of the Spanish golden generation where he won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships.
His current form for Chelsea was always something to worry about and he was loaned to Milan in hopes of resurrecting his career but ultimately he has become a make weight for a deal to bring in Cerci from Atletico.
Fernando Torres has won it all for club and country and in all probability this would be his last move, fortunately he has moved back home where he should enjoy his last years as a striker that once was feared by all. Time has been wonderful for both Atletico and Torres, when Torres started playing for Atletico they were in the Spanish Segunda Division (La Liga 2) now they are Champions of Spain.
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