Milan director celebrates Torres swoop: Almost had him in 2007

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has revelled in the signature of Fernando Torres, admitting that he slipped the net seven years ago.

AC Milan have finally landed Fernando Torres and vice-president Adriano Galliani couldn't hide his satisfaction at finally getting his man.

The Rossoneri have agreed a two-year loan deal with Chelsea that will take Torres to the end of his contract at Stamford Bridge.

If Torres fits in well at San Siro there will be the option to snap him up as a free agent in 2016.

The signature has been greeted warmly by most Milan supporters and it represents a significant coup for Galliani, who had been trying to find a financial solution to Torres's wage demands for some time.

"There were three days of circling like a condor but I always strike," Galliani declared.

"We are satisfied. Torres was very close to Milan back in 2007 when he was at Atletico Madrid, but he cost £30 million. Now we have done it."

Torres joined Liverpool in 2007 for a fee that was reported to be around £25 million and would have been beyond Milan's capabilities.

A tough spell at Chelsea has allowed the Italian giants to land Torres as a replacement for the enigmatic Mario Balotelli, who has just left for Liverpool.

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