Torres move to San Siro seemingly completed.
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Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has completed his move to Serie A giants AC Milan on a free transfer, report the Mail, although official confirmation has yet to have arrived from either of the clubs involved in the deal.
The report suggests that Torres has agreed a severance package with the Blues that will see the final two year of his contract at Stamford Bridge terminated, clearing him to become Mario Balotelli’s replacement at the San Siro on a two-year contract.
The Spaniard had emerged as Milan manager Pippo Inzaghi’s primary target to replace Balotelli, who signed for Liverpool for a fee of £16 million, although movement on the prospective deal appears to have accelerated today with the close of the transfer window now little more than 72 hours away.
The move could open up the door for Chelsea to secure a new third choice striker, with manager Jose Mourinho having highlighted the importance of having three senior options – AS Roma’s Italian international Mattia Destro and Queens Park Rangers star Loic Remy have been mentioned as possibilities.
Torres, however, now appears to have moved on from Stamford Bridge having scored just 45 goals in almost 200 games for the club, a far cry from his prolific record with both Liverpool, from whom Chelsea signed him for a British record fee, and boyhood club Atletico Madrid.
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