Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
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Torres follows Iniesta to Japan

Torres follows Iniesta to Japan

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 34-year-old striker was released by Atletico Madrid at the end of last season, thus bringing to an end his second stint at his boyhood club.

Former AC Milan midfielder Honda is the only free agent left but he appears long odds of playing in the A-League.

Semi-interestingly, Sagan striker Cho Dong-geon will become the second player affected by the J.League's new "Iniesta Rule", wherein teams are allowed to change their squad numbers to accommodate a marquee signing.

Dubbed "El Nino" by Spanish media and fans, Torres had also been linked to Australian club Sydney FC and Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire.

Sagan Tosu have been in the top division of the J-League since 2012.

He scored 126 goals in 314 matches in an eight-year spell in English football including four years with Liverpool when he scored 81 times in only 142 games.

Despite a bold bid from FFA negotiators, and AAP is reporting that the former Liverpool, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid star has opted against a move to Australia.

"I think that Japan and the Japanese league is going to be a great experience".

Both players might be fighting for different objectives, as Iniesta's new team are now in sixth place, while Torres' club are 17th out of 18.

Takehara added: "It is an honor to welcome the Spanish prodigy to Tosu".

And there has been much speculation as to where Torres will go next in what could be the final move of his career.

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