Porto and Atletico Madrid have agreed a fee over the transfer of Oliver Torres according to the usually well-informed Joaquin Rodriguez. The fee is reported to be in the region of €15 million for 50% of the Spaniard’s rights with Jorge Mendes owning a further 20% of the player.
The player is yet to agree personal terms but given his lack of game time and exclusion from the preseason, it would take a miracle or an extremely shoddy offer from Porto to scupper a deal at this point.
Oliver had an excellent spell with the Portuguese side on loan during the 2014-15 season and returned to the Vicente Calderon last season but could not make an impression on Diego Simeone and fell down the pecking order as the season progressed.
He was close to a deal with Borussia Dortmund in January having agreed personal terms but the deal fell apart and now, with reports suggesting he was on the way out all summer, it seems the time has come to say goodbye to Torres.
For the record, Torres will be an excellent signing and will end up at a big club sooner rather than later. He just could not adapt to Simeone’s style and with time running out on this Atletico squad to win a Champions League, he appears just one of a few casualties this summer who was seen as superfluous to requirements.