Deal Could Be Done Within Days
The Spain international – who is technically still a Chelsea player – has been on loan at AC Milan from the Blues since the start of the season, but after just one goals in 10 Serie A games he looks set to quit the San Siro. He hasn’t played for Milan since their derby clash with local rivals Inter at the end of last month.
Reports from Spain claim that talks took place this morning between Milan and Atletico. Torres is due to report back to the Serie A club on the 27th ahead of a winter training camp in Dubai. But he will be keeping a close eye on developments in Spain in the hope of a return to his first club.
Torres’ wages at Atletico will be far from the £170,000 a week or so that he was earning with Chelsea and he realises he has to take a steep pay cut to save his career. But there should be no legal impediment to loans with two clubs in the same season. The situation would have been different if he had played for Chelsea in an official game before his move to Milan as Fifa regulations prohibit a player turning out for more than two clubs in any one season.
Torres came up through the youth ranks at Atletico. He spent six seasons in the first team and scored 91 goals in 244 games before moving to Liverpool for £22million in 2007.