It looked all to have been done and dusted on Christmas Eve, but the signing of Fernando Torres on a swap-loan-sort-of-thing-from-Chelsea-via-Milan is rumbling on past the festive period.
The latest seems to suggest Fernando Torres is set to travel from the Maldives, where he is currently on holiday, to Dubai, where his current club AC Milan are due to play in an exhibition match against Real Madrid. The match is being hosted by Fly Emirates, who sponsor both clubs.
Although Torres has accepted the terms of the deal and is happy to move to Atlético, it appears as if it’s Alessio Cerci that is holding everything up.
Despite knowing that Enrique Cerezo and Diego Simeone are both at the Vicente Calderón, still wearing their Christmas party hats ready to shout ‘surprise!’, it appears that Cerci is not so keen on a move to AC Milan, and would much rather join up with Roberto Mancini at cross-town rivals Inter.
To complicate matters, it looks as if Sergio Berti, the agent of Cerci, has already agreed personal terms with Inter, despite not having any sort of agreement with Atlético. Understandably, Atleti aren’t happy.
Atleti chief exectuive Miguel Ángel Gil Marín is in Dubai at the Globe Soccer awards, ready to meet with Milan to discuss to the Torres/Cerci swap, and hopefully tie up a deal that looked done just a few days ago.
We’re not over the line yet folks!
But I will say to Alessio Cerci – you came to the club and sat on the bench. You didn’t want to put the work in. You didn’t want to take part in Cholo’s methods. The best moment in an Atleti shirt came when you launched a training hurdle ten feet into the air.
The least you can do is go to Milan and let our childhood hero come home!
Inter want Podolski anyway.