It's one of football's worst kept secrets that AC Milan are not very happy with the performances of Fernando Torres this season. The on loan Chelsea striker has once again struggled for form and the solitary Serie A goal that he has mustered has done little to endear him to the Rossoneri faithful.
Chelsea don't want him to be let within sight of Stamford Bridge and Liverpool have assumedly realised it's nearly 2015 not 2007. That means Milan are having to get creative by tricking Atletico Madrid into what would be one of the most ill-advised transfers the admittedly ludicrous world of football has ever seen.
In the summer, Atletico parted with around €15 million of their Diego Costa cash to bring Alessio Cerci in from Torino. The Italian international has been far from a success and it would make sense that Diego Simeone might want to move him on to pastures new. Which is where AC Milan and Fernando Torres come in.
According to the Guardian, Milan 'hope to offer the 30-year-old a temporary switch back to his former club, Atlético, in exchange for Cerci'.
Granted, we know that Torres is the prodigal son that Atletico fans would dearly love to see back at the Vicente Calderon but surely even they can see how bad a deal that would be for the Spanish champions.
Effectively they will have spent €15 million, plus whatever their share of Torres' wages would be, to bring the World Cup winner home on a temporary basis. You sense that Chelsea would have gladly given him away for nothing in the summer if Atletico had wanted him then.
So Chelsea would be rid of Torres, Milan would have signed an Italian international in his prime for the price of having to deal with Torres for a few months and Atletico would be getting a 30 year former hero who would presumably act as Mario Mandzukic's back up. That's not mentioning the fact that he impede promising youngster Angel Correa and Raul Jimenez's path to the first team. And, they'd only be getting him on loan. Sure, that seems like a good idea.