Fernando Torres is on the verge of leaving Chelsea after agreeing a two-year deal with Serie A club AC MIlan, reports Metro.
Citing reports from Italy, the British newspaper claims the 30-year-old has agreed terms with the Rossoneri after Chelsea accepted a £10 million bid. The Blues originally rejected AC Milan's proposal to take Torres on loan.
The news comes after the striker's agent, Antonio Sanz, confirmed that talks with AC Milan officials have been ongoing and that initial meetings between the parties were positive.
Quoted in the same report, he said: "The meeting has been positive. Torres at Milan is a possibility."
"We will take time to reflect before giving an answer. Milan are a great side."
End of a nightmare
If Torres can seal an exit from Stamford Bridge it will bring an end to his proverbial nightmare as a Chelsea player. After joining from Liverpool in a record £50 million move, Torres struggled to justify his massive wages from the offset.
Since joining in January 2011, Torres has scored 46 goals for Chelsea, costing the club over £1 million-per-goal. That does not even include the player's wages, which are a reported £175,000-a-week.
It is those wages that have apparently stopped Torres from leaving Stamford Bridge up until now. No club has been willing to take on the financial burden while the player himself has been unwilling to lower his demands.
Despite finally given the chance to sell Torres, Jose Mourinho could yet cancel the deal if Diego Costa's injury proves to be worse than first feared. Reports suggest the striker has suffered just muscle damage to his hamstring while other sources report he could be out for up to six weeks.
Without Costa, Mourinho would have a lack of alternatives up front and could force the Special One to reconsider the deal. However, there are other options in the pipeline.
Some reports believe AS Roma striker Mattia Destro will sign for Chelsea once Torres seals his move to the San Siro. Destro has impressed for the Rome-based outfit and Mourinho is ready to pay around £20 million to seal the 23-year-old's signature.
If Torres does move to AC Milan, he will likely see a familiar face on the flight to the Italian city. Marco van Ginkel also looks set to leave Chelsea for Serie A after the Blues accepted a bid from the same club.