Report discloses the reason why Atletico Madrid's Oliver Torres has snubbed Middlesbrough transfer

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Oliver Torres has reportedly snubbed Middlesbrough and Watford, as he is keen to re-sign for Porto.

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According to Portuguese newspaper Diario de Noticias, Atletico Madrid playmaker Oliver Torres has snubbed a move to Middlesbrough, as he wants to re-join Porto.

Torres, 21, has long been considered as one of the top young players in Spanish football having come up through the ranks with Atletico Madrid, but his career appears to have stalled.

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A midfielder in the mould of David Silva, Torres has racked up more than 35 appearances for Spain at youth level, but has failed to establish himself as a key player with Atletico under manager Diego Simeone.

With just nine league starts at Atletico, Torres needs to be playing regular first-team football - and he now looks set to leave the Spanish capital this summer.

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Portuguese newspaper Diario de Noticias report that Torres can leave Atletico for a fee of £15.5m this summer, and he's pushing for a return to Portuguese side Porto.

Torres spent the 2014-15 season on loan with Porto, scoring an impressive seven goals in 26 league games before returning to Atleti - and whilst a move back to Portugal may be on the cards, it's partly because Torres has snubbed two Premier League clubs.

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The report claims that Torres has rejected moves to both Middlesbrough and Watford in an attempt to force through a move to Porto, and has told manager Simeone to let him go back to the Portuguese giants.

Middlesbrough already have Gaston Ramirez as their chief playmaker, but manager Aitor Karanka will have a strong knowledge of the top young players in his native Spain, and he may have felt that signing Torres was an opportunity he couldn't pass up.

Meanwhile, Watford appear to lack a key playmaker, and manager Walter Mazzarri should make the position his priority ahead of his month's transfer deadline - and whilst Torres could have played the role that Marek Hamsik played in Mazzarri's Napoli side, the Spaniard seemingly isn't keen on a move to England.

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