Chelsea Football Club have announced that they have decided to sell Fernando Torres on a permanent basis to Serie A side AC Milan.

The club announced on their official website a few moments ago that Torres will complete his move on January 5th, “Chelsea Football Club thanks Fernando for his service during the past four seasons and wishes him the very best for the future.

“The striker moved to the San Siro on a two-year loan deal in August and on January 5 he will complete a permanent transfer to the Serie A side.”

Since his move from Liverpool, Torres has struggled to replicate the goal scoring form that made Chelsea pay a huge sum of £50m in 2011. As a result, it doesn’t come as a surprise that they have decided to sell him.

CLUB

APPEARANCES

GOALS

Atletico Madrid

140

59

Liverpool

142

81

Chelsea

172

45

AC Milan

10

1

Torres’ goalscoring records 

The 30-year old hasn’t had a good time in his short stay at Milan either as he has scored just once in 10 games. Although Milan have signed him permanently, he could be on his way to Atletico Madrid in January as the Italian giants have all but agreed on a deal that will involve Alessio Cerci coming to Italy. Cerci has struggled to find first team and action with Atletico and despite reports that he hasn’t decided on where his future lies, he could jump the ship to Milan in order to play regular football.

Simeone will get the best out of Torres, says Juanfran

Torres’ return to his boyhood club is very likely in January and with that, he has found a backer in Atleti defender Juanfran who feels Diego Simeone will get the best out of the Spaniard.

The right back was quoted saying by Marca, “Like all our fans, I want to see the signing of Torres confirmed. Fernando is a brilliant player.

“I’m convinced that, with the desire he has as a Rojiblanco, and the help of the boss, we’re going to see a great Fernando.

“Hopefully he can be here for the Derby [against Real Madrid].”

Torres will face stiff competition from current Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic who has scored six goals in 13 league appearances since moving from Bayern Munich in the summer for a fee of €22m.

It’s too early to say if the move is a bad one for Atletico as Simeone is good at man-management. Diego Costa was transformed from an average player who had to be loaned out again and again into a 20 plus goal scorer in a single season, so we can never really count out Torres’ return to form at Atletico Madrid after poor spells with Chelsea and Milan.