Major League Soccer, A-League await Fernando Torres' decision on Tuesday

Major League Soccer, A-League await Fernando Torres' decision on Tuesday

Torres bid farewell to Atlético Madrid at the end of last season after his second spell there, a tear falling down his cheek, to a standing ovation.

It is Sagan Tosu who have won the race for his signature, though, with the 34-year-old revealing the J1 League to be his next destination at a promotional event on Tuesday morning.

Fernando Torres' announcement that he will join Japan's Sagan Tosu on a free transfer ends months of speculation and three years of courtship from the Fire.

The club posted a photo of Torres with club president Minoru Takehara waving a banner which read: "Not fake news!"

Sagan Tosu has been in Japan's top flight J.League since 2012.

The Australian A-League are also thought to have shown interest in helping secure a deal with Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC both linked.

The World Cup victor had been linked with moves to the A-League and MLS but - like Iniesta at Vissel Kobe - the next stage of his career will be in Japan.

The Spaniard scored 126 goals in 314 matches in an eight-year spell in England, his best years coming at Liverpool where he netted 81 times in 142 games to become an Anfield hero.

The ex-Liverpool and Chelsea forward said in quotes reported by Marca: "We've had offers from all over".

"I have had offers from France, Germany and even one from Spain, but at no point did I ever think about going to another European team".

"I wanted a new challenge in a completely different place". With hard work and continued effort, we are trying to turn a little Asian team into a world player.

But Rangers fans have made their feelings on Torres' money-spinning move quite clear.

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