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Torres close as Garcia exits

02 Jul 2007 - 11:30:42

Liverpool have moved a step closer to signing Fernando Torres after Luis Garcia's agent claimed his client was close to heading in the opposite direction to Atletico Madrid.

Garcia, who has not played since damaging his anterior cruciate knee ligament in January, will reportedly join the La Liga club 'either today or tomorrow'.

The 29-year-old Spain international joined the Reds from Barcelona in 2004 and scored 30 times in 119 appearances in all competitions.

The Barcelona-born forward previously spent one season with Atletico Madrid.

"We are working on Luis Garcia's permanent transfer to Atletico Madrid," the player's agent, Manuel Garcia Quillon, is quoted as saying.

"If all goes well, the deal should be completed either today or tomorrow."

Garcia's move paves the way for Liverpool to step up their interest in Torres, who has been linked with a £27million move to Anfield all summer.

Atletico officials have already strengthened their attacking options with the capture of Diego Forlan from Villarreal and the further arrival of Garcia suggests they are willing to do business over the Spain international.

Torres, 23, was the club's top scorer in each of the last five seasons and is the current captain and youngest every skipper of Los Rojiblancos.


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