Atletico Madrid favourite Fernando Torres ‘offered £3.5m-a-year deal’ to join Japanese side Sagan Tosu — The Sun


JAPANESE side Sagan Tosu are lining up an audacious swoop for Atletico Madrid’s Fernando Torres. The ex-Chelsea and Liverpool striker announced he will leave his boyhood club at the end of the season. Fernando Torres could end his career with Japanese side Sagan TosuGetty – ContributorHis next destination has yet to be confirmed, with a…

His next destination has yet to be confirmed, with a move to the MLS with Chicago Fire a possibility. 

But Sagan Tosu are lining up their own offer in a bid to lure Torres to the Japanese J1 League.

According to Marca, they are willing to offer Torres £3.5million-a-year to sign on the dotted line.

Torres would be hailed as a huge global coup if Sagan Tosu can pull it off and will see Torres as an instrumental figure to improve their reputation.

The Atletico Madrid legend confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the season
Torres is set to entertain offers from the US and China
The club are currently locked in a relegation battle but have plenty of time to mount a survival bid with their season ending on December 1.

Torres started his career at Atletico, rising through the youth system and became club captain at the age of 19 — despite the fact current boss Diego Simeone was among their playing staff.

SO LONG FER NOW Former Liverpool and Chelsea star Fernando Torres will not return to the Premier League after leaving Atletico Madrid, according to his agent

He joined Liverpool in 2007 and scored 33 goals in all competitions before netting Spain’s Euro 2008-winning goal that summer and would finish third in the Ballon d’Orstandings.

Following an equally impressive second campaign, injuries took their toll and his form began to dip. In January 2011, he joined Chelsea for a then-British record £50million deal.

Torres struggled to live up to his £50m price-tag at Chelsea

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Juventus defender set to join Borussia Dortmund

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juve.jpgAccording to German outlet Bild, Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner will join Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund this summer.

Consummate professional

Lichtsteiner, a 34-year-old Swiss right-back, has been on the books of Juve since the summer of 2011, when he joined the club from fellow Serie A outfit Lazio.

And the ‘Swiss Express’ has since gone on to establish himself as an absolute icon in Turin, with his lung-busting, never-say-die performances up and down the right flank for the Bianconeri having proven absolutely crucial to both the domestic and European successes of the Italian outfit over the last 7 seasons.

All in all, Lichtsteiner has gone on to rack up over 250 appearances over the course of his stint at the Juventus Stadium, collecting 6 Serie A titles (with another on the way), 3 Coppa Italias (with the final of this year’s competition still to play), as well as reaching a pair of Champions League finals.

On the move

Despite his hero status in Turin, though, Lichtsteiner’s powers have begun to wane over recent seasons, with the 93-time capped Swiss international no longer considered as first-choice in Max Allegri’s squad.

As such, it had long been expected that the veteran stopper would depart the club this summer, with Lichtsteiner having confirmed exactly that over the weekend, following Juve’s 3-1 victory over Bologna.

Bundesliga bound

And, as per the aforementioned report from German outlet Bild today, Lichtsteiner’s next club have already struck a deal with the full-back, with Borussia Dortmund set to bring him to Signal Iduna Park on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Though Lichtsteiner did not reveal his next destination after confirming his plans to depart Juve on Saturday, the Swiss star did make clear that he would not play for another club in Italy, with Dortmund no doubt an appealing destination as the Bianconeri favourite’s career winds down.

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Revealed: Juventus have a plan to sign Arsenal and Spurs stars


Revealed: Juventus have a plan to sign Arsenal and Spurs stars

Juventus will strengthen their squad at the end of the season and both Marotta and Paratici are already looking for the right names to make a further leap in quality both in Italy and in Europe. Juve will buy in all departments, from the goalkeeper to the attack, but it is in the middle of the field that the Bianconeri will concentrate their efforts more.

In addition to Emre Can, Cristante and Pellegrini there are three top midfielders abroad that the Bianconeri have put in their sights. These players are Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham) and Adrie Rabiot (Psg).

All three have one thing in common: their contract expires in 2019 and Marotta, according to reports from Tuttosport, would like to focus on this factor to convince one of the three players (or more than one if Emre Can should say no) to move to Turin.

Valverde: ‘How Roma surprised Barcelona’

romaErnesto Valverde commented Barcelona’s 3-0 defeat against Roma yesterday: “It’s a bad defeat and we are sorry for everybody, especially the fans. We have to react because we can still win two trophies and we want to turn things around as soon as possible. The defeat it’s my responsibility of course. It’s always the manager’s responsibility, either you win or lose. One week ago we scored four goals against the same opponents, we played well and we blocked them. This time we couldn’t.”“We were not surprised by Roma, they didn’t play as we expected but it was a possibility. The team has enough experience to take a good result home but we didn’t.”

“We started very well but we couldn’t do what we wanted because they forced us to play on the wings with their pressing. They created us troubles and we were unable to play the second ball at any time. We didn’t create any goal chances and they made the most of their enthusiasm scoring three.”

“They had planned a solid and aggressive game. The season is still very long and it’s hard to win this competition every year. It’s hard to accept it for our fans and our people. We all suffer tonight.”


Sheffield Wednesday Confirm Manchester United Interest in George Hirst

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Sheffield Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay has admitted it will be hard to keep young forward George Hirst at the club beyond this summer, with Manchester United interested in signing the striker.

The England under-21 international is considered one of the most exciting prospects in the Championship and has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs. Speaking about the player to BBC Radio Sheffield (h/t PA Sport, via Sky Sports), Luhukay said United were in the hunt for his signature.

“It’s a decision George will have to make himself,” said the Owls boss. “I think it’s really difficult when a club as big as Manchester United has an interest in him to say no. George must decide how he sees his future and I respect that. A good decision or not a good decision, I cannot answer that.”

As noted by PA Sport, the likes of Everton and Leicester City are also said to be admirers of the 19-year-old.

Hirst is set to be available for nothing in the summer, as the youngster is out of contract at the end of the season having rejected a contract offer from Wednesday. George is the son of David Hirst, a legend at Hillsborough, having played for the club 294 times, scoring 106 goals.

Football author Alan Biggs commented on the recent speculation linking the young striker with a switch to Old Trafford:

It was reported by Neil Moxley of the Sunday People (h/t the Sunday Mirror) that United were leading the race to secure the player ahead of Leicester.

As noted by Moxley, given his reluctance to sign a new contract with the Sheffield club, Hirst has not been considered for the first team at Wednesday this season. He has only made one senior appearance for the club, which came in the 2016-17 season.

Hirst did showcase his potential at the Toulon tournament last summer, though, as he helped England under-20s win the competition and netted four goals in the process.

Luhukay confirmed last month that a contract offer is on the table for Hirst to sign with Wednesday should he change his mind, per Rob Staton of BBC Radio Sheffield:

The temptation to sign for a club like United would be understandable for Hirst, even if it means walking away from his boyhood team for nothing. The Red Devils would be delighted to pick up an exciting prospect for no transfer fee in the summer.

Still, the move would carry some significant risk, as Hirst is at a point in his career where regular senior football is important for his development, and that’s been scarce at Hillsborough during this campaign. It’s difficult to see him getting much more time on the field at Old Trafford.

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