Fernando Torres Set For Premier League Return?
He may be a solid eight years past his best, but Fernando Torres could be set for a return to the Premier League.
The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker, who had once established himself as one of the most feared centre-forwards in world football, saw his time in England fizzle out following a £50 million switch from Anfield to Stamford Bridge.
A disastrous lack of form saw Torres score just 20 Premier League goals in three and a half seasons with the Blues, having notched 65 in the same amount of time with Liverpool.
A loan move to AC Milan didn't help much either before El Nino returned to his boyhood club, Atletico Madrid where, while still never returning to his mid-00's peak, he has at least seemed to be enjoying his football a lot more.
Torres' time in England started brightly but fizzled out after a goal shy three years with Chelsea. Image: PA
However, it doesn't appear that Torres will see out the remainder of his career at the Wanda Metropolitano, with the Spain international informing his representatives to secure him a move away from the Spanish capital in January, having only started one La Liga game, this term.
The Mirror are reporting that both Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez and Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino have been contacted and made aware of Torres' availability in January, as the 33-year-old attempts to secure himself regular first team football.
While certainly no longer a 20 goal a season striker, Torres has been enjoying his football a lot more over the past two seasons, since returning to Atleti. Images: PA
With Diego Costa available for selection from January onwards, once Atleti's transfer ban is lifted, Torres will be facing more competition for starting berths in Diego Simeone's team and he now believes a return to the Premier League could provide him with the perfect opportunity to gain regular game time in one of Europe's top leagues.
Is Torres the man Newcastle or Southampton need, though?
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(H/T The Mirror)
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