Fernando Torres could be on the hunt for a new club after he was told by Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone that he doesn’t feature in his plans for next season.
This is according to Spanish newspaper AS, who understand that Torres was informed of Simeone’s decision in a meeting held on Monday.
Simeone also told Atletico’s chief executive Miguel Ángel Gil Marín that, in his opinion, the club should not sign Torres on a permanent contract before the transfer window closes on February 1.
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Torres is currently on loan with Atleti, from parent club AC Milan, but has failed to rediscover his form at the Vicente Calderon.
In 24 appearances for Atletico this season, the Spanish striker has scored a pitiful two goals.
Simeone knows it's not working out
It was Simeone’s idea to bring Torres back to the Calderon last January but the Argentine coach, it seems, has accepted that it’s not working out.
Because Atletico have been hit with a two-window transfer ban, they have less than a week to decide whether they want to retain Torres’s services. Simeone appears convinced that it’s in the club’s best interests to allow the Atleti fan favourite to leave the club.
Eight clubs keen on Torres
As many as eight clubs, according to the player’s agent, are keen to sign Torres.
Jose Antonio Martin recently claimed - per The Sun - that one of the offers would make Torres the highest-paid footballer in the world.
Barcelona have also been linked with the much-maligned striker, but it’s hard to imagine that particular rumour being anything more than paper talk.
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