AC Milan and Atletico Madrid have opened negotiations about a possible swap deal involving struggling duo Fernando Torres and Alessio Cerci, according to the Guardian.
The pair both moved from Chelsea and Torino respectively back in the summer, but have made limited impacts and could be exchanging clubs when the transfer window reopens next month.
Any such deal could suit both parties, and could also help spark an upturn in fortunes for both men that has been lacking during their time at the San Siro and Vincente Calderon.
When it was announced that Torres would be signing on a two-year loan deal, hopes had been high that manager Filippo Inzaghi’s knowledge of strikers and the way they operate could help him recapture the form that made him one of the best marksmen on the planet during his days at Liverpool.
However, his form has decreased to the point where the version that flattered to deceive at Chelsea looks like a world-beater such is the extent of his malaise in Milan.
He has scored just once – a header on his debut against Empoli way back in September – and failed to contribute a single assist in his 10 games for his new employers and may have to endure the indignity of having his loan cut just a quarter into his time in Italy.
Atletico replaced Diego Costa with Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic in pre-season, but would welcome their former striker back with welcome arms with Diego Simeone knowing that if he coaxes his best form they have a genuine chance of retaining their La Liga title.
Cerci was, along with Ciro Immobile, one of Torino’s standout performers last term and was consequently snapped up by Simeone to bolster his squad ahead of the new season.
However his time in La Liga has been less fruitful than his time in Serie A, making just six appearances and failing to start a single game in the red and white stripes of Atletico.
With the likes of Arda Turan and Antoine Griezmann above him in the pecking order and continuing to churn out consistent performances, the 27-year-old winger may have to cut short his time in the Spanish capital in order to secure a starting berth elsewhere.
Milan have started the season steadily enough after last year’s misery under Massimilano Allegri and Clarence Seedorf, and could welcome Cerci to the club to help bolster their hopes of securing Champions League football by the time the season draws to a close in May.