Fernando Torres close to sealing a move to the MLS

Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres is on the brink of completing a move to the MLS with Chicago Fire set to bring his second spell at Atletico to an end.

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Fernando Torres is set to make a big money move across the pond to Chicago Fire in the MLS

Madrid based media outlet AS is claiming that talks between MLS franchise Chicago Fire and Atletico Madrid have already taken place regarding Torres making the move across the pond.

Torres, who announced last month that he will be leaving Atletico Madrid this summer, has been looking for a new club since the news broke. He has had multiple offers from China and USA but it seems the former Spain international striker has settled for a move to America. Even a move to join former team-mate Steven Gerrard at Rangers has been mentioned.

The 34-year-old has been a bit part player for Atletico this season since the arrival of Diego Costa which has pushed him further down the pecking order for strikers at the club. He has decided it is for the good of the club to make room for someone younger to take his place in the first-team squad.

If the move to the MLS is completed, he will be joining the likes of David Villa and Zlatan Ibrahimovic as high-profile European players who are now plying their trade in the MLS. The move will most likely be his last before he decides to hang up his boots.

Chicago Fire is managed by former Serbian international striker Veljko Paunovic who was also Torres team-mate at Atletico between 2003-2005. Both players have a relationship which could be a key decider in making the deal happen.

El Nino will be leaving Atletico after making a total of 324 appearances, scoring 120 goals for the club. He could bow out on a high by winning the Europa League with his boyhood club just before his departure on a new adventure.