Fernando Torres is heading to Italy to play for AC Milan on loan, in the latest round of international striker reshuffling.
The move marks the end — at least for now — of Torres’s disappointing Chelsea career. In 2011, Chelsea paid a then-league record £50 million ($83 million) to acquire Torres from Liverpool, where he was considered one of the best strikers in the Premier League.
Torres never looked comfortable in his role at Chelsea and fans quickly became frustrated that he didn’t recreate his Liverpool form in front of goal. Torres finished with 20 goals in 72 Premier League appearances for Chelsea, but he was often mocked for his misses.
After Chelsea signed Diego Costa from Athletico Madrid — another one of Torres’s former clubs — and Didier Drogba returned to Stamford Bridge, it seemed that Torres would struggle to keep his place in the lineup.
Now he heads to AC Milan to replace Mario Balotelli, who just signed with Liverpool. The transfer window is often all one big cyclical game of musical chairs.
Of course, English fans couldn’t resist a few parting jokes.
BREAKING: Fernando Torres’ transfer to Milan has been delayed.. He missed his flight.
— TheLADBible (@TheLadBible) August 29, 2014
BREAKING: Fernando Torres completes his move to AC Milan for £12.5million. pic.twitter.com/64G1GaLKze
— BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) August 29, 2014