Fernando Torres loan move to Atletico Madrid is the top January transfer deal, says UEFA poll

UEFA.com asked more than 50 million fans on social media to name who they thought had been the best signing of the January transfer window.

Fans of Facebook and Twitter were invited to make their suggestions using #WinterTransferTop5.

The winner, as voted on by the fans, was Fernando Torres and his return to Atletico Madrid.

An agreement for the striker was confirmed on December 29th 2014 after days of conflicting reports. Torres was eventually loaned to Atletico Madrid from AC Milan after the Serie A club bought the player’s contract out from Chelsea. The 30-year-old’s loan deal with the reigning champions of Spain is for 18 months.

Part of the deal saw midfielder Alessio Cerci sent to Milan on loan for the remainder of the season.

Torres has scored three goals for Atletico Madrid, all of which came in dramatic fashion during the club’s Copa del Rey ties against Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The remaining Top 5 January transfers for this year were as follows:

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City to Manchester City) – The Ivory Coast striker joined the champions of England after City agreed a £28 million fee with the Welsh club.

Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow to AS Roma) – The former Liverpool target made the switch from the Russian Premier League champions to AS Roma just days prior to the closing of the winter window. Doumbia, another Ivory Coast international, scored 61 goals in 95 league appearances for CSKA, with another 10 goals in 15 appearances during Champions League competition.

Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich to Inter Milan) – Another reported Livepool target joined Roberto Mancini’s side early on in the window for a fee of £9.4 million. His move was preceeded by Lukas Podolski’s arrival on loan from Arsenal.

Andre Schurrle (Chelsea to Wolfsburg) – The German international signed for Chelsea in 2013 and went on to make 65 appearances, scoring 14 goals. But this season, the winger found playing time hard to come by and ultimately made a Deadline Day return to the Bundesliga – the 24-year-old started his career with 1. FSV Mainz 05.

A noticeable omission was the transfer of Colombia international Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina to Chelsea. The winger’s deal dragged on until the dying hours of Deadline Day and wasn’t confirmed until Andre Schurrle’s move to Wolfsburg was finalized.


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