Fernando Torres is heading home.
Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement to bring ‘El Nino’ back to his roots following a troubled spell which has seen him fail to justify a £50 million price tag at Premier League heavyweights Chelsea and struggle during a loan spell at AC Milan.
The Serie A outfit have agreed a deal to take the Spain international from Stamford Bridge on a permanent basis, but they will be sending him straight to Madrid.
Atletico are delighted to have him, with there still plenty left in the tank of a 30-year-old striker.
Torres’ new teammate Koke said: “It is very exciting for us to have Torres back. This is still a player that can be one of the best strikers in the world when he is playing regularly.
“This is not a player we are signing at 35 or 36 - at 30 he is still at his peak - and Europe knows that when he is playing at his best that he is unstoppable.
“We want to defend our La Liga title. Real Madrid and Barcelona are playing well, but it is our dream to retain it - and we have to believe that is possible.
“It is signing players like Fernando that have won the World Cup and Champions League - that will go a long way to helping us achieve that goal.”
Torres will be hoping that familiar surroundings in La Liga bring the best out of him after losing his way.
He has looked disheartened and disinterested in recent years, with the fire that once made him one of the most fearsome forwards in football having gone out.
Atletico intend to provide the spark to get him back on track, with the deal they have in place well received by all parties.