Fernando Torres is 100% a Milan player but very soon will become an Atletico man with Cerci coming to Milan.
“AC Milan announces that it has reached an agreement with Chelsea FC to transform the transfer of Fernando Torres to the Rossoneri from a loan to a permanent basis,” a statement on Milan’s website reads this evening (Saturday). “The agreement will be formalized on January 5th, 2015.”
This is just a matter of formality, though, as Milan have reached a deal with Atletico Madrid to send the Spanish striker to the La Liga champions on an 18-month loan swap involving Alessio Cerci, who like Torres, failed to make an impact in his club since moving there in the summer (Milan were interested in him then too).
Torres arrived to Milan in the summer on a two-season loan deal but lost the faith of Filippo Inzaghi with a string of unimpressive performances. Milan didn’t pay Chelsea anything for the loan then and are not believed to be paying any amount for making this move permanent.
“Chelsea Football Club thanks Fernando for his service during the past four seasons and wishes him the very best for the future,” The Blues wrote on their official website.
Milannews.it reported earlier that the salary of Torres (€4m net) will be paid by both Milan and Atletico. It is still unclear whether Milan will pay Cerci’s wages (around €2.5-2.8m) or if it will be split.
Meanwhile, as reported by Sky, Cerci is expected to sign the contract with Milan later tonight or tomorrow. He’s on his way to Madrid now. He will probably undergo the medical tests on January 2nd at Milanello and at La Madonnina. He could have his unofficial debut against Real this Tuesday.
Milan wave goodbye to Torres and hello to Cerci. El Nino will look to put his troubled seasons at Chelsea and Milan behind him and relaunch his career at Atletico, where he became a star.