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Italian Serie A

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres to join AC Milan permanently from Jan. 5

Diego Lopez explains that Fernando Torres will be more useful to AC Milan than Mario Balotelli - naturally, the ESPN FC crew debate Lopez's stance.

Fernando Torres' Chelsea career is officially over after the Premier League leaders announced he will make his loan move to AC Milan permanent next month.

Torres, 30, won the Champions League, the Europa League and the FA Cup in three-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge, but he never lived up to expectations after a 50 million-pound transfer from Liverpool, failing to replicate his once-prolific scoring record in London.

He moved to Milan on a two-year loan in August and, although he has been strongly...

Alessio Cerci yet to decide on Atletico-Milan swap with Fernando Torres

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe is at a loss for words with the rumours Fernando Torres may be returning to his boyhood club of Atletico Madrid, as he questions if he will ever escape from his poor form in recent years.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Alessio Cerci insists he has yet to make up his mind over his future, after claims he would join AC Milan in a deal that would send Fernando Torres back to Spain.

Cerci, 27, has made just nine appearances for Atletico since arriving on Sept. 1 and has been unhappy with his lack of opportunities in La Liga.

Chelsea announced that Torres will join Milan on a permanent deal on Jan. 5, but any swap is reliant on Cerci making up his mind and Atletico sources have told Diario...

 By Mike Whalley

Mario Balotelli loan to Inter Milan not on Brendan Rodgers' mind

The ESPN FC crew respond to your questions in regards to which Premier League player needs to improve, and if Craig Burley will steal Christmas.

LIVERPOOL -- Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he has had no thoughts of allowing striker Mario Balotelli to leave in January.

Balotelli has been linked with a return to Inter Milan in recent days, a move that would reunite him with boss Roberto Mancini, for whom he played during a previous spell at the club, as well as at Manchester City.

Mancini said during the week that he would be interested in a deal, but that any move would be up to the 24-year-old.

Rodgers admitted on Dec. 24 that...

By ESPN Staff
19 hours ago

ESPN FC Extra Time: Can they win the league?

The ESPN FC panel debate which side are most likely to upset the title favorites from their respective leagues.

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 By Ben Gladwell

Gianfranco Zola ready for 'tricky gamble' in Cagliari hot seat

Zola returns to top-flight club management for the first time since leaving West Ham.

Gianfranco Zola says he is relishing the chance to save his former club from relegation after being appointed coach of Cagliari.

Zola makes a return to his Sardinian roots -- to the club where he started and finished his playing career -- almost a decade after he ended his playing career by leading the club up to Serie A and keeping them in the top flight.

The 48-year-old's new task is an equally challenging one, and he is eagerly looking forward to getting to work back with the Rossoblu .

"It's...