After eight years away from his beloved Atletico Madrid, 2015 could be the year in which Fernando Torres makes an emotional homecoming.
He left his native Spain for Liverpool in 2007 as a bright prospect, flourished at Anfield and made a then British record switch to Chelsea for £50 million in January 2011.
It is fair to say that it has been all downhill for Torres from that point.
He never got going at Stamford Bridge and was unable to offer the return expected by the Blues on their sizeable investment.
Jose Mourinho moved him out to AC Milan on a two-year loan over the summer, but a change of scenery has failed to bring about a change in fortune.
The Seria A outfit are also losing patience with the World Cup winner and are expected to move him on in January.
A return to Atletico has been mooted for some time, and a member of the club’s coaching staff has hinted that the transfer door may be opened if an agreement which suits all parties can be reached.
German Burgos, assistant to Diego Simeone in the Spanish capital, has told Cope: “A return for Torres? I don’t want to create misunderstandings, I’m just stating my opinion, but it would be wonderful.”
Torres burst out of Atletico’s academy system which still in his teens and went on to net 91 times in 244 appearances for the reigning La Liga champions.
He captained the club at just 19 years of age and was targeted by several Premier League clubs before Liverpool secured his services.
It is clear that he is now in need of a spark to reignite his faltering career and a return to his roots, surrounded by an adoring public, could be the ideal move for all concerned.