Fernando Torres looks set to end his nightmare at Chelsea after entering into advanced talks with AC Milan over a potential permanent move to the San Siro.
AC Milan have entered into negotiations with Chelsea after the sale of Mario Balotelli. It was initially rumoured that Milan would take Torres on a season-long loan deal, but it now appears that all parties want a permanent move. The only stumbling block of the deal could be Torres’ £180,000 per week contract, which still has two years left to run.
According to Daily Mail, Torres’ agents have been in talks with the AC Milan officials in London. It is highly unlikely that he will accept a significant pay cut in order to join Milan, who are not in the Champions League this season. Torres may very well expect Chelsea to subsidise the move. One of Torres’ agents, Antonio Sanz reportedly said:
“The meeting went well. Torres to AC Milan is a real possibility. We take some time to reflect before giving a decision. Milan are a great club.”
If Torres does expect Chelsea to pay part of his wages in order to complete a move to Milan, then it has to rank as one of the shockers of modern football. Chelsea have spent in excess of £70 million (transfer fees plus wages) on Torres in the last two and half seasons. After managing 45 goals in 172 appearances, the least Torres should expect is a pay-off.
The striker has been a major disappointment since his £50 million transfer from Liverpool in 2011. He is yet to feature in the Chelsea blue this season. He was left out of the squad entirely against Leicester City last week.