Winter Transfer Round-up: The return of Torres

Diego rounds up the transfer activity on the fifth day of the window

Torres at his presentation on Sunday at the Calderón

Torres at his presentation on Sunday at the Calderón

There is one name that stands out at the beginning of 2014/15 Winter transfer window for Atlético Madrid and it is Fernando Torres.

The number 9 (now number 19) has returned home on an 18-month loan from AC Milan, who will pay his salary for the rest of the season according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

Alessio Cerci, who arrived to Manzanares at the end of the Summer transfer window, has returned to Italy, where he will play for AC Milan under similar conditions. According to Di Marzio again, he will be loaned for 18 month and Atleti will pay his salary for the rest of the season. Both players needed to wait to the 5th of January to sign their respective contracts as the Italian transfers window opens later than in Spain.

Another confirmed signing has been Ángel Correa. The Argentinian forward finally signed his contract after recovering from his heart condition and surgery. Some previous reports suggest that he may be loaned to Rayo Vallecano, but there is no news about this. If he is not loaned, Atlético will have to loan or sell one of the non-European players, as there are four of them now (Correa, Giménez, Miranda and Jiménez).

The second most likely to leave seems to be Jiménez, although some sources have reported that Simeone wants to keep him for now and Jiménez’s father has confirmed it. Miranda has been linked to an exit too, more specifically to Manchester City, who (according to the French paper Le10Sport) are preparing a €20 million offer for him.

Manchester City seems to be interested on Mario Mandžukic too, as several sources has reported, although most of them have little credibility and it does not look like a reasonable move for the Citizens.

The “other Mario” (Suárez) would have sparked the interest of several European clubs. His role as substitute and his desire for more minutes may lead him to ask to leave. This time, Arsenal are the club that have been linked the most, although Di Marzio says that Milan would be interested too, although they would have to sell one of their midfielders first.

According to AS, the only player that Atlético would be open to sell during this window is Cebolla Rodríguez, although he would have the last word and Atlético would search for a replacement. His hypothetical departure would not solve the excess of non European players, so we must expect another exit during the following weeks.