Atlético Madrid assistant coach Germán Burgos confirmed on Saturday afternoon that the club are close to tying up a deal for Fernando Torres, and that a deal will be announced imminently.
“The move is on the verge of completion and we are waiting for things to firm up,” Burgos was quoted as saying in AS.
“He will be a very important reinforcement for the second half of the season. We will get the best out of him, the same as everyone, as he knows where he is coming to.”
Earlier this afternoon, Alessio Cerci said on his Facebook page that rumours of his departure are premature.
“As always, when it comes to me, I often read things that are fantasies or just not true. I have not refused anyone and I have not signed with anyone. I am a player of Atlético Madrid and I am considering, together with the club, the best solution for both.”
However reports coming out of Italy, from the Milan Channel itself, say that Cerci has now agreed to go to Milan.
From an Atleti point of view, the club is extremely confident of wrapping up the deal, and have gone so far as to already start selling Fernando Torres shirts in the official club store.
It’s the perfect Christmas present for a lot of Atlético fans. For others – it’s a confusing move.
UPDATE: Chelsea have confirmed that Fernando Torres will be joining AC Milan on a permanent transfer as of the 5th January, when the transfer window opens in Italy. This seems set to pave the way for him joining Atlético on loan.