الأحد , يونيو 14 2020

Milan sign Torres on permanent deal

Chelsea and Spain striker Fernando Torres will join AC Milan on a permanent basis on 5 January.

Torres, 30, moved to the Serie A club on

a two-year loan deal in August

and will now make his move permanent.

BBC Sport understands he will be loaned out to former club Atletico Madrid next month, with Italy winger Alessio Cerci, 27, arriving from the Spanish side.

Torres joined Chelsea from Liverpool for

a then British record transfer fee of £50m

in January 2011.

The striker helped win the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup while at Chelsea.

In a statement, 

Chelsea thanked the 2010 World Cup winner for “his service during the past four seasons” and wished him “the very best for the future”.

Torres had been

linked with a return to boyhood club Atletico Madrid

after the Spanish champions’ president hinted at a deal earlier this month.

Earlier on Saturday, Atletico assistant coach German Burgos also said a deal was “on the verge of completion”.

“He will be a very important reinforcement for the second half of the season,” Diego Simeone’s number two told Spanish media.

Torres left Atletico for Liverpool in 2007.

The stats

  • Torres cost Liverpool a reported £20m when he signed in 2007 from Atletico Madrid and scored 65 goals in 102 league appearances.
  • He was a member of Spain’s 2010 World Cup-winning squad.
  • Despite his record transfer fee, Torres scored just 20 goals for Chelsea in 110 league appearances.

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