Serie A - Chelsea confirm Torres will join Milan

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will join Milan on loan, the Premier League club announced.

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Premier League - Torres joins Milan on two-year loan deal
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Fernando Torres (AFP)

The Spain international will join Milan on a two-season loan deal, which would take him to the end of the five-and-a-half year contract he signed with Chelsea in January 2011.

"The move is now subject to Fernando agreeing personal terms with AC Milan and passing a medical examination," Chelsea added in a statement.

Torres, 30, has endured a rough time at Stamford Bridge since leaving Liverpool for £50m three-and-a-half years ago, scoring just 20 Premier League goals in 110 appearances.

And the signing of Diego Costa left the former Atletico Madrid striker third choice for Jose Mourinho, with most feeling his time was up when Didier Drogba returned to the club at the age of 36.

Milan Channel claimed earlier on Friday that Torres had been granted permission to meet the Rossoneri. Sky added that he had come to an agreement with the San Siro outfit and will fly into the city on Saturday morning, before going straight to the Milanello training complex for his medical.

The 30-year-old will be charged with leading the Milan forward line in place of Mario Balotelli, who made a switch to Liverpool earlier this week.

OUR VIEW

Torres' Chelsea departure was always on the cards, with the stumbling block being his reluctance to give up on the dream - and his wages. Finally a compromise has been struck, allowing the Spaniard to be the main man again.

What is sad about Torres' demise was that it could have been avoided - he was a vanity signing by Roman Abramovic, unwanted by the club's coaching staff and just reaching the stage of being past his prime after a series of injuries robbed him of a shade of pace and confidence. Had Torres stayed at Liverpool, where he was an icon, at least he would have remained loved, and would probably have been given the time to change his game accordingly.

As it stands, Milan is a decent destination. The Italian game is a bit slower, and he should score goals. Whether he hits the heights of his Liverpool days remains to be seen.

Daniele Fantini - Eurosport Italy: "It could be a good signing even if he hasn't played at his top level for a while. But in Italy he could score at least 10-15 goals, the same amount that Mario Balotelli managed. And, probably, he will be less problematic than SuperMario in the locker-room. So, given the fact it's a loan deal, it could be a decent piece of business."

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Fernando Torres crying after Spain lost to Chile at the World Cup (AFP)

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