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Fernando Torres’ move to Tosu runs into trouble

AFP-JIJI

Fernando Torres’ move to Japan has run into trouble after the Spanish striker failed to agree terms with J. League club Sagan Tosu, a report said Sunday.

The two sides were seen as close to signing a multiyear deal with an annual ¥800 million ($7.2 million) pay, but they couldn’t agree over money, said Sports Hochi without citing sources.

The report reflected a dramatic turn of events, after the same newspaper on Friday cited multiple unnamed sources as saying the two sides had reached a broad agreement and that Torres’ transfer to Japan was “nearly certain.”

The Japanese club could not be reached for immediate comment.

Former Liverpool striker Torres has left his boyhood club Atletico Madrid and has also been linked with a move to Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire and Beijing Renhe.

Japanese football fans have looked to Torres’s possible transfer as giving a further boost to energize the domestic league, after Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta signed with Vissel Kobe.

Hopes were heightened after J. League officials erroneously announced a month ago on its official website that Torres had completed a transfer to Tosu.

The club is languishing second from bottom of the J. League first division and has emerged as a candidate to sign Torres as it looks to ease its relegation fears.