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AC Milan want to send Torres back to Atletico Madrid in exchange for Cerci

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone remained coy on the possibility of Fernando Torres returning to Spain.

As the globe prepares for all the holiday parties to come this week, Transfer Talk is similarly busy, rounding up an early peek and January's moves.

Torres going home to Madrid?

AC Milan have been forced to recently deny reports that they are looking to cut short Fernando Torres' miserable Serie A loan spell, but The Guardian reports that the San Siro side have opened negotiations with Atletico Madrid over the striker regarding a potential swap deal for Alessio Cerci.

Fernando Torres could soon return the side he captained as a teenager.

Torres has just...

Fantasy follow-up: Week 17

Late derby drama, a dodgy red and Santi Cazorla's wardrobe malfunction. It was a big weekend in the Premier League!

Outstanding performances:

Charlie Austin, QPR (7.1)
Maybe a fire extinguisher can cool off the QPR forward. Three goals against West Bromwich Albion moved him to 11 on the season. He has four goals and one assist in his last two games played.

David Silva, Manchester City (8.1)
At Crystal Palace, the Spaniard scored his first goal since Oct. 25 and then added a second.

Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea (9.8)
Recorded his league-high 12th assist and then scored a goal against Stoke to keep his team in first...

Shakira tells Gerard Pique where to play Lionel Messi

Pique included six Barcelona players in his Best XI but one was out of position, according to Shakira.

When Barcelona and Spain defender Gerard Pique posted his dream lineup on social media, he probably didn't expect (gentle) criticism to be directed at him from his wife.

That's precisely what happened, though, as pop star Shakira chastised her husband for playing his Barca teammate Lionel Messi out of position. 

 By Mark Worrall

Player Ratings: Terry, Fabregas excel as Chelsea's class tells at Stoke

Chelsea will spend Christmas three points clear at the top of the Premier League after they regained the cushion with a 2-0 win at Stoke.

"Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way, oh what fun it is to sing when Chelsea win away," was the song belted out by the Chelsea supporters, as Jose Mourinho's men bossed the Britannia Stadium and ran out 2-0 winners against Stoke City thanks to goals from veteran Chelsea captain John Terry and midfield general Cesc Fabregas, thus ensuring that this Christmas will be especially festive for Blues supporters.

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Three Points: Efficient victory sends Chelsea three points clear

Chelsea will spend Christmas three points clear at the top of the Premier League after they regained the cushion with a 2-0 win at Stoke.

STOKE, England -- A trio of observations on Chelsea's 2-0 win vs. Stoke in the Premier League.

1. Chelsea are top at Christmas

So Chelsea top the Premier League table at Christmas. That outcome long seemed a certainty but Manchester City's recent run of victories meant defeat at Britannia Stadium could have cost the Blues their lead.

Instead, they produced the right sort of response after the defending champions clawed back from a nine-point deficit in the space of three weeks, albeit partly because...

Roma's attack failing to replicate last season's success

AS Roma boss Rudi Garcia believed his side defended well against AC Milan and needed better organisation in their set piece opportunities.

When Roma sold Mehdi Benatia this summer and lost Leandro Castan to a non-life-threatening brain injury, it only seemed natural to assume that the side's defence would suffer. The attack, it seemed, should only improve; no one was sold, and Juan Iturbe arrived to give the side a much-needed threat from outside of the box. Yet, against Milan on Saturday, a recent Roma vulnerability reared its ugly head once again: The side did well enough to contain one of the more dangerous men in this campaign in...