Have Chelsea given Fernando Torres permission to leave for AC Milan?

Fernando Torres

AC Milan’s in-house television channel has reportedly claimed that Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will undergo a medical at Milanello on Saturday.

Fernando Torres finally looks to be on his way out of Chelsea this summer, as AC Milan have reportedly confirmed that the striker will have a medical on Saturday.

Football Italia claims that Milan Channel, the Italian club’s in-house television station, has claimed that the Blues have given the striker permission to travel to Italy and undergo a medical.

It has been reported that the Spain international striker will fly to the peninsula on Saturday morning and will go for a medical at Milanello, the club’s training ground.

Torres is expected to sign a two-year contract with the option of a third, but his wages at the Rossoneri will be significantly less than what he currently earns at Chelsea.

Earlier reports in Italy on Friday had claimed that Chelsea were not ready to pay Torres a severance fee that he should get if he leaves this summer, but it now looks as if all parties have come to some sort of an agreement.

Torres may not be Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s first-choice striker, but his departure could leave the Portuguese in a pickle.

Summer signing Diego Costa is currently nursing an injury, while Didier Drogba is 36 years of age. Torres is the Blues’ third-choice centre-forward, and Mourinho could find himself short in that department if the former Liverpool star leaves now.

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For Milan, though, Torres would be a welcome arrival. With Mario Balotelli having departed for Liverpool, the former Atletico Madrid star would fill that gap.

How much the 30-year-old, who has been in woeful form since his £50 million move to Chelsea in January 2011, is able to contribute to Milan’s 2014-15 campaign is anybody’s guess.

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