SPANISH FOOTBALL | SPORTS: FERNANDO TORRES BACK TO ATLETICO DE MADRID ?

FERNANDO TORRES BACK TO ATLETICO DE MADRID ?

Interesting piece of news coming out of Spanish Sports press concerning Atletico de Madrid & the soon to open "Winter Transfer Season". According to Sports paper "AS" the Spanish Football Club has 3 names on the table: Fernando Torres, Shaqiri & Podolski. Atletico de Madrid is thinking of signing a forward to complement Mandzukic & give the Croatian some needed rest with so many games scheduled in all competitions.

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AC Milan has offered a straight swap between their forward Fernando Torres & disgruntled Atletico de Madrid winger Cerci. The latter is not having the minutes that he would like & has voiced his nervous situation to the Club. Cerci is valued in Italian Football & Milan could be an option. Fernando Torres is not the player that put him in the Football elite seasons back & his performance at Milan is below expectation. The fact is that Torres is being hammered by Sports press by both Italian & British media as being a "flop" , & worst, "useless" by English Press.

The return of Torres would excite the fan-base, but the player would have to expect to currently play a more "secondary" role for the moment, plus his huge salary is also an important obstacle.

Atletico de Madrid has been talking to representatives of Swiss player Shaqiri. Much liked by Club Directives for his speed, Coach Simeone has put the break on for the moment with talks.

Lastly, German International & Arsenal FC forward Podolski seems to be another option. The player ends contract soon & wishes to leave in January. The transfer is priced around 20M€ , but this figure could fall because Arsenal is interested in Cerci. Including the Italian in the operation could make it all more viable & attractive for Atletico to attempt Podolski. 

Stay tuned for possible further developments.

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