Player representative Jose Antonio Martin—who must be something of a miracle worker in order to have garnered this kind of interest in his client—has revealed that no fewer than eight clubs have made offers to sign the striker, whose future remains up in the air.
One offer—believed to be from China—would make Torres the best-paid player in world football, according to Marin, although as yet, the Spain international striker has not decided who he will represent.
“Fernando and [Atletico Madrid coach Diego] Simeone should sit down and talk about it,” the representative told The Sun [as per the Mirror].
“The fans of Madrid don’t want Torres to be told no continually.
“He has an offer that would make him the best-paid in the world. There are nuances. It all depends upon the will of the club.
“The feeling I get is this is something that must be resolved, not between [club chief Miguel Angel] Gil Marin or [technical director] Andrea Berta, but rather between Simeone and Torres, who are friends.
“He must either tell him [Torres], ‘I am counting on you or I am not counting on you.’
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“The fans want his contract renewed and it is something that can’t be denied.”
The 31-year-old forward is enduring yet another testing season, having managed just two La Liga goals and two assists in his 16 outings so far for Atleti. He hasn’t truly established himself as a starter for Simeone’s side, despite being one of the most experienced players in the squad, and may well be coming to the end of the road at his boyhood club.