It has been heavily reported today that Fernando ‘El Niño’ Torres is going to make a return to the Vicente Calderon, with Chief Executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin in London to negotiate the striker’s transfer from Chelsea.
It seems that Chelsea would be willing to accept an offer in the region of €16 million for the out-of-form Spaniard, but Atleti officials are keen to secure Torres’ services for less.
Torres signed his first professional contract with Atleti aged 15 shortly after being voted best young player for his age group.
His professional debut came against CD Leganes on the 21st May 2001 and his first goal for the club came a week later against Albacete. At this time Atleti spent 2 years in the Segunda division with promotion back to La Liga finally coming in 2002 and it was here that Torres began living up to the hype surrounding him.
Torres went from strength to strength and at the age of 19 was made the club captain. His spell with Atleti lasted for 6 years and in this time he amassed 91 goals in in 244 appearances. But in 2007, Torres broke rojiblanco hearts when he moved to Liverpool for €23 million.
Fernando continued his red-hot goalscoring form in the Premier League, enjoying a successful spell which saw him score 81 goals in 142 games in Merseyside. In 2011 he rocked the footballing world as he moved to West London club Chelsea for £50m.
But over the course of three seasons, Torres failed to replicate the form for his previous clubs, only scoring 45 times after 172 matches. Although with Chelsea he did lift the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup.
To say Fernando Torres is a cult hero at Atletico Madrid would be an understatement.
One of our most revered Atleti players of all time, you only have to go on a tour of the Vicente Calderon to see how much he means to the club.
Coming from an Atletico Madrid mad family his own adoration for the club is not a secret. Torres famously adorned a Spanish flag with the Atleti crest at the 2010 World Cup celebrations. Even last season, he chose not to celebrate against Atleti when he opened the scoring for Chelsea in the Champions League semi0final.
Torres will most likely play as the second striker to Mandzukic next season if he was to sign for Atleti – if Gil Marin can overcome the striker’s wage demands.
It is obvious that he will not be the same player as before, but he will no doubt he a huge influence in the dressing room.
Torres would be the first player this summer to swap Stamford Bridge for the Calderon – whereas Filipe Luis, Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois will all be playing for Chelsea next season.
Do you think we’ll be able to bring Fernando Torres back to Atlético? Is it worth it? Can we afford his wages?