Alessio Cerci has agreed to terms with AC Milan which clears the way for Fernando Torres to return home to Madrid.
The story broke last week that AC Milan and Atletico Madrid were attempting to finalise a deal that would see the former Chelsea and Liverpool striker return to his boy-hood club (which he captained until he left for Anfield in the summer of 2007), and also see a return to Serie A for Italian international Alessio Cerci, who has failed to make an impact at Atletico having made the switch from Torino on September 1st of this year.
After news broke of the story last week, the latest word coming out of Cerci's camp was that the attacking midfielder was holding out for a move to Inter, and had no interest in joining AC, but reports have emerged today that Cerci has accepted Milan's terms and the deal will go ahead in January. ESPN journalist Sid Lowe has also suggested that the deal is done:
The Kid, back at the Calderón. Really hope it works out for him.
— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) December 27, 2014
Should the deal go through as expected, Torres could be set to make his Atleti return against arch rivals Real Madrid on January 7th, and that is something we really want to see.
Sky Sports have announced that Torres will make his move to AC Milan from Chelsea permanent on January 5th, it is believed that this is in order for Atletico and AC Milan to complete the swap deal of Torres and Cerci.
BREAKING NEWS: AC Milan to sign Fernando Torres from Chelsea on permanent deal on January 5th: More on #SSNHQ pic.twitter.com/wGvSmZHmCv
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) December 27, 2014