Fernando Torres could become the world’s highest-paid footballer this summer, the striker’s agent has revealed.
Jose Antonio Martin ‘Peton’ has claimed, per The Sun, that Torres has eight clubs chasing his signature - including one, possibly located in China, who are prepared to offer the former Liverpool and Chelsea forward an astronomical contract in order to lure him away from Spain.
Peton has urged Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone to tell Torres whether or not he’s in his plans for next season, so that he can make a decision over his future.
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“Fernando and [Diego] Simeone should sit down and talk about it,” he commented. “The fans of Madrid don’t want Torres to be told no continually.
“He has an offer that would make him the best-paid in the world. There are nuances. It all depends upon the will of the club.
“The feeling I get is this is something that must be resolved, not between [club chief Miguel Angel] Gil Marin or [technical director] Andrea Berta, but rather between Simeone and Torres, who are friends.
“He must either tell him [Torres], ‘I am counting on you or I am not counting on you.’
“The fans want his contract renewed and it is something that can’t be denied.”
Atletico reliant on Griezmann for goals
Torres is only on loan at Atletico Madrid, from parent club AC Milan, and his deal is set to expire this summer.
But as Atleti have just been hit with a transfer ban by FIFA, Simeone may opt to keep the 31-year-old at the Vicente Calderon as back-up for Antoine Griezmann, Jackson Martinez, Luciano Vietto and Angel Correa.
In truth, Torres has offered very little to La Liga leaders Atletico this season. He’s scored a paltry two goals in 23 appearances for the Colchoneros, who have been heavily reliant on the brilliant Griezmann in the final third of the pitch.
Torres has been in decline for years
It’s a long time since Torres was widely regarded as one of Europe’s great strikers. He’s been in steep decline ever since he left Anfield for Stamford Bridge in January 2011.
Simeone may feel that it’s in the best interests of everyone concerned if Torres, who will always be an Atletico Madrid hero, is allowed to leave the club this summer - and one suspects even the fans at the Calderon would see that as the right decision.
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