Fernando Torres joins Sagan Tosu in Japanese top flight

Fernando Torres

The 34-year-old striker was released by Atletico Madrid at the end of last season, thus bringing to an end his second stint at his boyhood club.

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 FFA will now turn their attention to former England global and Premier League veteran Crouch.

Embarrassed J. League officials were forced to issue an apology in May after jumping the gun on Sagan's acquisition of the player in a post that was quickly deleted.

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

His Atletico Madrid contract ran out this summer and was not renewed, with his final appearance as a 90th-minute substitute in the Europa League final defeat of Marseille.

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While Sydney's salary offer could not compete with others on the table, it was hoped Australia's lifestyle appeal would sway the former Liverpool, Chelsea and Athletic Madrid striker to forgo those potential earnings.

"I think that Japan and the Japanese league is going to be a great experience".

Torres was in advanced talks with Sagun Tosu to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Iniesta - who joined Vissel Kobe after leaving Barcelona - but negotiations collapsed over personal terms.

"I wanted something completely different, a change".

Takehara added: "It is an honor to welcome the Spanish prodigy to Tosu".

Fernando Torres will reveal the next stop in his illustrious career on Tuesday, with a move to Major League Soccer or the A-League two likely destinations.

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