Saturday, 30 August 2014

Fernando Torres: AC Milan agree loan deal for Chelsea striker

Fernando Torres
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is to join AC Milan on a two-year loan deal.
The 30-year-old Spaniard arrived in Italy on Saturday to undergo a medical and agree personal terms.
The ex-Liverpool and Atletico Madrid forward joined Chelsea for a then-British record £50m in January 2011 but struggled to live up his price tag.
Spain beat Australia 3-0 in Group B
Torres scores for Spain in World Cup
Torres scored just 20 goals in 110 league appearances during his spell at Stamford Bridge, but was part of the club's 2012 Champions League success.
Speaking just hours before the deal was announced, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said: "If he wants to leave, it's because he wants to try a new life, a new club, probably a new league. To try to be happier than he was in the last couple of years."
Torres's prospects were hampered further by the arrival of fellow Spain international Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid this summer.
Costa and Didier Drogba remain Chelsea's attacking options.

Fernando Torres's career in goals

Atletico Madrid (2001-07)
214 league games, 84 goals
Liverpool (2007-11)
102 league games, 65 goals
Chelsea (2011-14)
110 league games, 20 goals
Club total
426 league games, 169 goals
Spain (2003-present)
108 games, 37 goals
Milan have been on the lookout for another forward to replace Mario Ballotelli, who left the club for Liverpool last week.
Speaking on Milan's official website  on Wednesday, Rossoneri vice-president Adriano Galliani said: "Torres is certainly an important forward and we will see if we can sign him or another player."
Torres's British record transfer fee stood until Angel Di Maria moved from Real Madrid to Manchester United for £59.7m this week.
While Chelsea fans only saw glimpses of the form that brought Torres 65 goals in 102 league appearances for previous club Liverpool, Mourinho spoke highly of him at Friday's news conference to preview Saturday's trip to Everton.

Biggest transfer fees paid by a British club

£59.7m
Angel Di Maria
Real Madrid to Manchester Utd
2014
£50m
Fernando Torres
Liverpool to Chelsea
2011
£42.4m
Mesut Ozil
Real Madrid to Arsenal
2013
£38m
Sergio Aguero
Atletico Madrid to Manchester City
2011
£37.1m
Juan Mata
Chelsea to Manchester Utd
2014
£35m
Andy Carroll
Newcastle to Liverpool
2011
£35m
Alexis Sanchez
Barcelona to Arsenal
2014
The Portuguese said he did not expect Torres to depart before the transfer window closed and was against a last-minute deal.
"If that happens in the last hour of the market, we are in trouble," said Mourinho. "In this moment we are doing nothing because our belief is that the market is closed for us.
"I've believed for a long time that the squad is closed. We have our squad. We like our squad. It's not the perfect one, because no squad is perfect, but it's one we like."
Fernando Torres and Rafa Benitez
Fernando Torres cost Liverpool a reported £20m when he joined in 2007 from Atletico Madrid.
Fernando Torres
The Spain international scored 24 Premier League goals in his debut season, and 65 in total for the Reds.
Fernando Torres and Carlo Ancelotti
In January 2011 Torres became a record breaker with his £50m move to Chelsea. Liverpool signed Luis Suarez and Andy Caroll on the same day.
Fernando Torres
Torres scored just one goal for Chelsea that season, and missed an open goal against Manchester United the next season.
Fernando Torres
He scored 20 Premier League goals for Chelsea, the final one coming at Cardiff on the last day of last season.
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