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Porto agree loan deal for Oliver Torres from Atletico Madrid

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Porto have agreed a deal to bring in Atletcio Madrid starlet Oliver Torres on a season-long loan deal next season.

The talented midfielder will spend the campaign at the Estadio do Dragao following a short stint at Villarreal during the second half of last term.

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Torres still has to finalise some personal details with Porto, but once that's resolved the deal will be announced publically.

Atletico had plenty of choices as to where to send their promising youngster, but Porto, managed by Torres' former Spain Under 19 coach Julien Lopetegui, have won the race.

Torres will be hoping to make an impression on the Porto first team having made nine appearances during his brief loan spell at Villarreal.

The attack-minded midfielder has played at the Estadio do Dragao in the past, having featured as a late substitute for Atletico when the two sides met in the Champions League group stages last season.

That was one of 11 appearances he made for Diego Simeone's side during their title winning campaign, scoring one goal in the process.

However, with first team opportunities likely to be at a premium for Simeone's La Liga winners, it's been decided Torres would benefit from a season away from the Vicente Calderon.

Marca have suggested several reasons as to why Porto were the destination of choice for the 19-year-old, with competition for places actually being one of them.

The newspaper claim Atletico believe the competition for places in an environment where success is expected will only benefit their man's development.

The Portuguese giants came a disappointing third in the Primeira Liga last season and will be desperate to regain a title they had previously won nine times in 12 seasons.

The temporary switch should also give Torres the chance to gain more Champions League experience.

Although Porto will be forced to enter at the qualifying rounds due to last season's league finish, they will still be expected to take their place in the group stage of the competition.

The fact Torres will once again link up with Lopetegui, a coach who knows him well, is also likely to have swayed Atletico's decision.

Torres has represented Spain at Under 18, 19, 20 and 21 level and with Lopetegui's experience of coaching the Spanish representative teams, it's certain he'll know the player inside-out.

The signing would be Porto's first of the summer, and you can expect a number of Spanish youngsters to follow Torres due to the Lopetegui factor.

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