Fernando Torres is on his way back to Atlético de Madrid. Miguel Ángel Gil Marín reached an agreement with Chelsea and AC Milan on Christmas Eve to bring the centre-forward back to the Vicente Calderón where he will remain until June 2016.
Torres will join Diego Simeone’s squad next week. Alessio Cerci meanwhile will go in the opposite direction – joining AC Milan for this weekend’s friendly against Real Madrid in Dubai.
Torres returns on the express wishes of Simeone who put in a request to sign the player last summer but Gil Marín was unable to carry the operation through. El Cholo reiterated his desire to bring Torres back home three weeks ago, when the Atlético board gave the green light to re-sign their former player.
Torres left Atlético in July 2007 to join Liverpool in a 35 million euro deal. At Anfield Torres blossomed into one of the top strikers on the continent, beating club records and converting himself into a Kop idol. Chelsea paid 60 million euros for the forward in the January 2011 transfer window – a record between clubs in the Premier League. Last Summer Torres was farmed out on loan to AC Milan but he has spent just five months in Italy and in a question of days will be back at his lifelong club.