According to the latest reports in Italy, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan have reached an agreement over a loan swap between Fernando Torres and Alessio Cerci.
As a part of the deal, former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur striker target Alessio Cerci is said to be heading the other way on a loan deal until the end of the season.
The former Torino man only moved to the Spanish capital in the summer, but after failing to settle it seems that a permanent deal away from the club beckons.
While a number of Premier League clubs might be interested in his services in January, it appears it is already too late, as Sky Sports Italia report of an agreement between Milan and Madrid.
‘Milan has given a special Christmas gift to their fans by completing the Torres-Cerci loan swap deal in record time. The deal between the two clubs was completed quickly, the teams wanted to get it done before Christmas. The framework of the deal is a straight loan lasting 18 months,’ the report claims.
Torres’s contract with Chelsea expires in the summer 2016, meaning that he will effectively become a free agent after the conclusion of his proposed 18-month loan spell with Los Colchoneros.
As for Cerci, it is said he will move to the San Siro giants on an initial six-month loan deal.
It has been some season for Torres, after learning that he had no future at Chelsea, and finally opting for a move to Italy despite reported interest elsewhere.
The 30-year-old left Spain for Liverpool in 2007, and vowed that he would one day return to Atletico Madrid. Torres' dream return now looks to be on the cards.