• Kyodo


Spanish media reported Tuesday that former Spain and Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres would prefer to play in the J. League, where he has an offer from first-division side Sagan Tosu, than in China or the United States.

The 34-year-old Torres, who debuted for Spain in 2003 and has also played for Chelsea and Liverpool, has been linked with American Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire and a team in China.

Earlier this month, sports daily Hochi Shimbun reported that J. League strugglers Sagan were interested in signing Torres, who scored twice on Sunday in his final game for Atletico, his boyhood club.

Tuesday’s report in cadenaser.com indicates that Torres is inclined to move to Japan and that Tosu has offered a contract until the end of the 2020 J. League season.

Sagan are currently 17th in the 18-team J1 table.

Torres’ compatriot and Spain teammate Andres Iniesta is reportedly close to a deal with J. League side Vissel Kobe.

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