Fernando Torres - The Footballing World

Torres could make Atletico Madrid return

According to reports, Atletico Madrid have begun negotiations with Milan over a transfer for the Italian Serie A giants’ striker Fernando Torres, who is on loan from Chelsea.

Torres swapped Stamford Bridge for San Siro in the summer, moving to Italy on a two-year loan deal which coincides with his contract expiration with the Blues.

So far his spell with the Rossoneri has been disappointing, as his goal scoring woes in the English Premier League have continued in Italy’s top flight.

The 30-year-old has spent a majority of this season watching from the sidelines, making just seven league starts so far, in where he netted just once.

Despite his long-term loss of form, Atletico boss Diego Simeone sees Torres as the ideal partner for his side’s in-form striker Mario Mandzukic, citing his similarities to previous goalscorer Diego Costa, who, on the other hand, moved to Chelsea.

It’s said that Los Colchoneros have begun talks with Milan and are willing to use striker Alessio Cerci in a bid to tempt them to end Torres’ loan spell in Italy.

“Atlético have commenced negotiations with AC Milan that could see Fernando Torres return to the Calderon with Italian player, Alessio Cerci being a key figure in the operation going ahead. The return of the former Torino player to Serie A could see the door open to Torres,” stated a report by Spanish publication AS.

Torres made 172 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea over a three-and-a-half year spell, scoring 45 goals and helping the club win three major trophies.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho seemed satisfied to see Torres leave West London in the summer and the report goes on to say that the Portuguese coach wouldn’t stand in his way of a return to the Spanish capital.

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