Southampton have been linked with an unlikely move for Fernando Torres.
The striker is now 33-years-old and appears to be seeking a new challenge with game time limited at Atletico.
It’s claimed that Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino could be keen to move for Torres given that the pair worked together at Liverpool during his brightest spell as a player.
However, the links do come across as far-fetched given several factors. It’s likely that Torres would be on rather high wages at Atletico, and signing a 33-year-old would not be a decision that coincides with Saints’ usual business model.
The report does indicate, however, that the proposed deal would only be a temporary one. Torres is said to be keen on retiring at the end of his deal in 2019 but wants to find sufficient playing time elsewhere prior to his final season with Atletico.
In short, it seems unlikely that Torres will be making the trip down to St Mary’s, but Newcastle are also cited with interest. The Atletico man could be tempted by a reunion with his old boss and compatriot, Rafa Benitez.