AC Milan are chasing Chelsea’s out of favor forward Fernando Torres, as the Milanese outfit look to replace Mario Balotelli.
According to club president Adriano Galliani, the Rossoneri want to nab Torres on a season-long loan deal from Stamford Bridge, plus bring in Chelsea winger Marco van Ginkel too.
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Torres, 30, has found himself behind Diego Costa and Didier Drogba in the pecking order of forwards so far this season and has yet to play a single second in Chelsea’s opening two matches of the campaign. Despite that, Blues boss Jose Mourinho is adamant he wants to keep Torres around.
However with AC Milan chasing Torres and set to offer him regular soccer, will the Spaniard be keen to move on? Here’s what Milan’s president had to say about the potential deal when asked by reporters.
“We are in the last stages of the market and we will see if we are able to acquire an important forward,” Galliani said. “Torres is certainly an important forward and we will see if we can sign him or another player. Van Ginkel? It’s possible. We have written to Chelsea and are awaiting a response. We are optimistic.”
Torres joined Chelsea for a whopping $82 million in 2011 from Liverpool but has never hit it off in West London. The fans appreciate his effort in each and every game but his goalscoring record has been poor after he’s scored just 45 goals in 172 appearances for Chelsea. Torres’ form in the PL has been the most worrying as he’s failed to hit double figures since arriving at Chelsea over three seasons ago.
Mourinho is a huge fan of Torres but with Costa coming in this season and scoring in each of his opening two matches for Chelsea, you have to think Torres will play second fiddle to his compatriot this campaign. If he’s happy with that, he will likely stick around but if he actually wants to play week in, week out, a loan move to Milan may be the best option out there.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2012, and he is already the club’s all-time leading scorer.
After scoring both of PSG’s goals in a 2-1 win over Marseille today, Zlatan’s tally is up to 110 goals for the club, eclipsing Pauleta’s mark of 109. However, Pauleta needed 79 more matches to reach that number.
Zlatan has scored at a blistering pace since moving to Paris, having seasons of 35, 41, and 30 goals in his first three years at the club. Early into his fourth season with PSG, he has four goals through seven matches.
Not only has Zlatan achieved great success individually during his time at Parc des Princes, the club has dominated French football during his tenure.
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Since Zlatan moved to Paris in 2012, the club has won three consecutive Ligue 1 titles, two League Cups, and one French Cup. During that time, Zlatan was twice named Ligue 1 Player of the Year and won two Golden Boots as the league’s top scorer.
Zlatan’s contract with PSG is up at the end of this season, and it has been long suspected that he will move on and join a new club next summer. Despite turning 34 earlier this month, Zlatan has proven his is still one of the world’s elite goalscorers, and will have his choice of clubs should he leave PSG.
Luciano Vietto scored with less than ten minutes to play to earn a draw for Atletico Madrid against their crosstown rivals Real.
Karim Benzema had given Real Madrid an early lead, heading home a cross from Dani Carvajal in the ninth minute. While Cristiano Ronaldo may get all the headlines, Benzema has been superb for Real, scoring six goals in seven La Liga matches this season.
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Atletico had a golden opportunity to draw level in the 22nd minute when the hosts were awarded a penalty, but Keylor Navas made a brilliant save to deny Antoine Griezmann, keeping Real ahead.
Still trailing 1-0, Diego Simeone made a substitution for Atletico in the 58th minute, bringing in Luciano Vietto for some added strength on the attack. It was the 21-year-old’s first taste of a Madrid derby, and he proved to be ready for the pressure.
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With the clock winding down, Jackson Martinez played a cross in from the left wing, and after a slight scramble in the box, the young Vietto cleaned up the scraps to level the score in the 83rd minute.
The result leaves Real Madrid second in La Liga, one point behind leaders Villarreal, while Atletico sits fifth, three points off the leaders.