Published On: Thu, Apr 12th, 2018

Report: Chicago Fire interested in snapping up Fernando Torres

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The Chicago Fire hold the discovery rights to Fernando Torres‘ signature and are interested in brokering a deal for the outgoing Atletico Madrid striker, sources told Paul Tenorio of MLSSoccer.com.

Torres revealed on Monday that he is leaving his boyhood club this summer after 11 seasons of service over two spells, and it’s believed the Windy City could be the next stop in his trophy-laden career.

The 34-year-old could be coerced into choosing Major League Soccer over the Chinese Super League by the Fire’s manager Veljko Paunovic, a former teammate at Atletico Madrid. Tenorino dug deep into Paunovic’s Twitter to find evidence of the coach FaceTiming with Torres in 2013, and it’s understood the pair still share a strong friendship.

The Fire have the ammunition to make this move possible. In addition to a combined €1.2 million in Targeted Allocation Money and General Allocation Money, there is a third Designated Player slot available beside Bastian Schweinsteiger and 2017 Golden Boot winner Nemanja Nikolic.


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Torres would be the second World Cup winner in the Fire’s ranks after Schweinsteiger, and also won two European Championships with Spain. He promptly established himself as a fan favourite when he joined Liverpool in 2007, and went on to collect prizes in the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League with Chelsea.

He has a host of individual accolades including being named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI in 2008 and 2009, and finishing third for the Ballon d'Or in 2008 behind first-placed Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

“It’s very difficult to say goodbye for the second time,” Torres said when he revealed he would leave Atleti, as reported by BBC Sport. “My aim was to hang up my boots here. I want to keep playing for two, three or five years.”

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