Fernando Torres is on the cusp of agreeing a loan move back to Atletico Madrid, according to reports in Spain carried in The Guardian.
The terms of the deal involving the Chelsea star are quite complicated. Torres was set to see out his Chelsea contract at AC Milan, as the terms of his loan deal ran until the end of next season, when his Chelsea deal expired.
At that point he would be a free agent, and allowed to sign on with AC Milan permanently. But the Spaniard has struggled in Italy, with just one Serie A goal to his name so far.
As a result, AC Milan are keen to move him along even with a year and a half left on the loan agreement. Atletico Madrid have come to Milan’s rescue, by offering to give the Italian giants Alessio Cerci for the right to take Torres from Milan.
Atletico begun discussions with AC Milan earlier this week, and the negotiations were relatively quick and painless, with Diego Simeone sensing a great opportunity to bring a club legend back to the Vicente Calderon.
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The report claims Torres will leave Milan and link up with his new Atletico Madrid teammates next week.
The terms of the deal will keep Torres at Atletico Madrid until the summer of 2016.