Fernando Torres set to make permanent move to Milan

Fernando Torres to MilanChelsea striker Fernando Torres is set to join the ranks of Milan on a permanent basis on the 5th of January before the player was expected to go back to Atletico Madrid, and price per head bookmaking companies are pretty sure that many fans in Italy must have been very excited when they learned about the news.

The player is playing in his fourth month at Milan of what is a deal of two years, but was only able to score one time, and recently there were reports involving a move to Atletico – the cub where he was able to rise from the youth ranks to the captain of the club.

There was a proposed switch for Torres with Alessio Cerci – Italy international who’s playing for Atletico – and sources reported that the double loan deal means that the player first has to permanently register with Milan.

Balague said: “He is going to AC Milan – it will be announced on the 5 January. But around that time it will also be announced that he will be going on loan to Atletico, for perhaps 18 months, that’s what I’m hearing.

“The reason why everything is being done this way is that they (Atletico) did not have the money to get Torres transfered but they will have him on loan.

“AC Milan will be happy to have Cerci on loan. So what is eventually going to be is a swap of loan deals. Cerci is going to go Milan, and Torres is going to go to Atletico.

“Torres is a legend there – he was at Atletico for seven seasons, five of them as captain of the team. When he left he said ‘I will come back’. For him I think it will help him rediscover his love of football.”

German Burgos, Atletico’s assistant manager, earlier said that the deal made was “on the verge of completion” and also said: “He will be a very important reinforcement for the second half of the season. We will get the best out of him, the same as everyone, and he knows where he is coming to.”

The player joined the Blues in January of 2011 from Liverpool, for a fee of £50m, which price per head bookmaking companies know is record breaking for a transfer involving two clubs in England.

A statement released on the Blues’ website said: “Chelsea Football Club thanks Fernando for his service during the past four seasons and wishes him the very best for the future.”