Fernando Torres joins AC Milan

Updated: August 29, 2014

Chelsea have confirmed that Fernando Torres has joined AC Milan on a two-year loan deal, subject to the player agreeing personal terms and passing a medical. The loan spell with the Italian giants will take him up to the end of his five and half year contract with Chelsea.

Despite Torres not leaving on a permanent deal, the move effectively signals the end of his career at Chelsea. Although, that is only in terms of playing time, financially Torres is going to save the club a fair bit of unpaid money. His wages off the book with his amortized fee having been halved, this could only be good business by the club.

Since joining in January 2011, for a much scrutinised £50million fee, Fernando Torres has not lived up to expectations. He was signed as the player to succeed the ageing Didier Drogba, and was to be the start of a supposed transition period for the squad. However, Torres has scored just 20 goals in his 110 Premier League appearances and the move signals the end of his torrid time at Stamford Bridge. Torres received the full backing of the Chelsea fans throughout his three and a half years at the club but unfortunately he was unable to repay the faith of the fans, or the enormous fee for that matter, in the goals column.

Despite a dismal time in West London, Chelsea fans will have a few fond memories of the Spaniard; scoring a hat trick against west-London rivals QPR, scoring away at Barcelona to send Chelsea to Munich and the winner in the Europa League final against Benfica. Torres will undergo his medical at the San Siro tomorrow, and should comfortably finalize the move before the transfer window shuts on Monday.

Mourinho said in his pre-match press conference today “we need three strikers to face the season”, and after Torres’ departure, the clock is ticking for the club to find a replacement. Both Mattia Destro and Loic Remy have been linked, although they are likely to provide a back up option to £32 million Diego Costa.

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