Fernando Torres could find himself back in the Premier League after just six months away, as AC Milan have grown tired of his mediocre performances.
The Spanish striker has scored just once in ten games for the Italian giants, continuing the poor form that saw him drop down the ranks following a £50 million move to Chelsea. Torres joined AC Milan in the summer on a two-year loan deal, as Mourinho looked to freshen up his attacking options by moving on Torres, Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku, while Samuel Eto’o also left following the expiration of his contract. Diego Costa, Didier Drogba and Loic Remy filled their boots, and have so far proved to be a vast improvement.
However, former club Liverpool could be willing to take a gamble on the 30-year-old, who scored an impressive 65 goals in 102 games for the Reds, which could also spell the end for flop striker Mario Balotelli after just six months at the club.
Balotelli joined from AC Milan in the summer in what appeared to be a bargain £16 million deal for the 24-year-old. However, he has failed to impress, having scored just two goals in the first half of the season, neither of which have come in the league. Napoli, led by former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, could be the next club to take a gamble on the Italian striker, who has also had spells with Inter Milan and Manchester City. The club are reportedly interested on taking the Italian striker on loan, paving the way for Torres to return to Anfield.
Torres would be another huge risk for Liverpool, even if he is only brought in on loan, given his huge £150,000-a-week wages – especially considering he has failed to find the net more than ten times in a league campaign since the 2010/11 Premier League season, when he scored nine for Liverpool before transferring to Chelsea in the January and scoring just once the second half of the campaign – statistics which will hardly fill Liverpool fans with confidence.
However, if Liverpool truly wish to sign their former hitman, they will have to fight off competition from another former club in Atletico Madrid. The current La Liga holders are also interested in reuniting with the striker, who scored an impressive 82 times in 214 appearances during his younger years.
Whether he ends up at Liverpool or Atletico, the support of the fans thanks to his prior success will surely make his stay a little easier, whether he finds the back of the net or not.