AC Milan And Chelsea FC Close To Fernando Torres Deal?


Chelsea FC manager Jose Mourinho stated on Sunday that he wants three strikers at the club and that Fernando Torres will not be sold in this window.  Despite this, rumors about a possible Torres departure have swelled, with Italian journalist Gianluca DiMarzio reporting late on monday that AC Milan and Chelsea FC may be close to a deal for the Spanish striker.

According to DiMarzio, personal terms have yet to be agreed but the deal between teams is very close. Fernando Torres, who joined the West London club from Liverpool in January of 2011, is reportedly being paid a salary of somewhere around $13m per annum, and according to this report in the Daily Mail, may refuse a move away from Chelsea unless the club pay off the remaining two years of his contract.

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Fernando Torres’s time at Chelsea has largely been seen as a disappointment, having scored a paltry 20 goals in 110 appearances for the club, a fact not helped by the mighty £50m transfer fee paid to Liverpool for his services, but Jose Mourinho still believes the Spaniard has a place on the team. “He will play and score goals, to be very useful for us, he is a fantastic guy, a fantastic professional, so there is no problem.”

AC Milan are in the market for a new striker, with Mario Balotelli having just today signed a deal to return to England with Liverpool. The Milan club are in the business of free transfers and cheap veteran players these days so Fernando Torres may not fit that bill.

Torres will only come cheap if Chelsea help with his wages and he is still an immensely popular player around the world. The return from shirt sales and merchandising with Torres will also help offset the initial cost of bringing him on and his wages. It is clear that Fernando Torres needs a new start and hopefully AC Milan is the club to give it to him.

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