Australia’s A-League is keen to boost its standing in the game with more marquee signings, but Fernando Torres won’t be making a move Down Under.
According to Sporting News, the 32-year-old striker was offered to Sydney FC, however the club’s interest ended when they were informed of his $8 million (€5.2 million) per season wage demands.
To put that into some context, Alessandro Del Piero was paid around $2 million for each of his two seasons at Sydney FC between 2012 and 2014, and a lot of those funds were contributed by a number of businesses.
The Spanish superstar has also been offered to the MLS in the USA but the approach to Sydney FC was made two weeks ago.
Torres missed out on the Spain squad for Euro 2016 and faces an uncertain future at club level.
His existing deal at AC Milan ends in a few weeks and Atletico Madrid, with whom he spent the past season with, are not interested in signing their former Golden Boy on a permanent basis.
The final game of Torres’ second stint with Atletico was the recent Champions League defeat to rivals Real Madrid.