Fernando Torres agrees to leave Chelsea for Milan
Flop will join Italian club on two-year loan deal
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is set to end his miserable spell at Stamford Bridge by joining AC Milan on loan for the next two seasons.
Torres has endured a difficult time with the Blues since his then-British record £50 million move from Liverpool in January 2011.
The 30-year-old Spain international was unable to repeat his prolific Liverpool form in west London and has scored just 45 goals in 172 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea.
He was believed to be Blues boss Jose Mourinho’s third-choice striker behind new signings Diego Costa and Didier Drogba this season, and that drop down the pecking order – he had yet to make it onto the pitch this season – persuaded him to consider Milan’s offer.
“Chelsea Football Club and AC Milan have agreed terms for the two-year loan deal of Fernando Torres to the Italian club,” a statement on Chelsea’s website announced.
“The move is now subject to Fernando agreeing personal terms with AC Milan and passing a medical examination.”
Milan made their move for the former Atletico Madrid star after selling Mario Balotelli to Liverpool earlier this week.
Assuming Torres completes the move, he will surely go down as one of the biggest flops in Premier League history, given the size of both his reputation and the transfer and wages required to lure him from Anfield.
His memorable moments for Chelsea – scoring a key goal in the 2012 Champions League semi-finals against Barcelona and finally breaking his duck for the club against West Ham after 14 appearances – were few and far between.
Instead, he will be remembered for lacklustre displays and a litany of shocking misses, including somehow blazing over an open goal in a defeat at Manchester United in 2011.
Just hours earlier on Friday, Mourinho had claimed Chelsea couldn’t afford to lose Torres because it would leave them short of options in the attacking department.
His apparent change of heart means Torres will need to be replaced, with a move for Roma’s Italian striker Mattia Destro a possibility before the transfer window closes on Monday.
“If he wants to leave, in the case he wants to, it’s because he wants to try a new life, a new club, probably a new league,” Mourinho said.
“So if he wants to leave, which until this moment I have not one single word about, I believe that is to try to be happier than he was in the last couple of years.
“This is a very human club in the way the club approaches this kind of situation.
“If he comes to us in these last couple of days, any possibility would be analysed by us as a club and the best decision for him.”