FFA target Peter Crouch as A-League marquee after Fernando Torres rejection

Tanya Simon
July 12, 2018

The ex-Spain worldwide left Atletico Madrid for the second time in his career at the end of his contract at the Wanda Metropolitano last month.

Fernando Torres ends speculation of his next club as he announces he'll be joining J-League side Sagan Tosu.

It had been widely reported that Sydney FC, with the FFA's assistance, were chasing former Liverpool and Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres - only for the deal to fall through in the last 24 hours - with the 2010 FIFA World Cup victor announcing he had signed for J-League club Sagan Tosu.

The first-division team announced that the 34-year-old, who had stints in the English Premier League with Liverpool and Chelsea, will wear the No. 9 jersey for Tosu, now 17th in the 18-team J. League standings.

Torres was a free agent after leaving Atletico Madrid this summer and had been linked with moves to various leagues around the world.

After coming through the ranks at Atleti, Torres scored 65 Premier League goals for Liverpool before making a £50million move to Chelsea in January 2011.

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"We had offers from every continent - from France, Germany and even Spain", Torres said at a media event at a gym he owns in Madrid.

FFA's initial proposal was viewed as less appealing once Spanish income tax legislation was accounted for and while Torres' management asked for an improved offer, it was not forthcoming. They were one of the first clubs to show interest in me, and I appreciate their insistence and how they convinced me with their sporting, personal and cultural project.

"I think Japan and the Japanese League is going to be a great experience, they have made a great effort and they believe that I can be a solution so that the team returns to the place where it has to be".

The FFA will now turn their attention to former England global and Premier League veteran Crouch.

"I wanted something completely different, a change".

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