Torres Milan deal to be made permanent

December 28, 2014 09:48:41 UK

Fernando Torres is set to move back to Atletico Madrid after completing Milan deal.

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will join AC Milan on a permanent deal from 5th January.

The 30-year-old Spanish international joined the Italian side on a two-year loan move in August, but this will be made permanent next month.

He will be a very important reinforcement for the second half of the season

German Burgos

BBC Sport believes that Torres will then be loaned out to Atletico Madrid, the boyhood club he left to join Liverpool in 2007, while 27-year-old Italian winger Alessio Cerci heads the other way.

Torres has been linked with a move to the Spanish side over the last week after president Enrique Cerezo hinted at a potential deal on Tuesday.

Torres moved from Liverpool to Chelsea in January 2011 for £50million, which was then a record British transfer fee. The striker won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup in west London but his performances rarely hit the heights he had achieved whilst on Merseyside.

Chelsea FC released a statement thanking Torres for “his service during the past four seasons”, wishing him “the very best for the future”.

On Saturday, Atletico assistant coach German Burgos praised the pending deal, saying “he will be a very important reinforcement for the second half of the season.”

Atletico are the defending champions in La Liga and sit four points off the pace at the top of the league. They are 26.00 to defend their title successfully while Chelsea, who are three points clear at the top of the Premier League, are 1.44 to win the English top flight.

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