However, a breakthrough in negotiations has seen the 34-year-old finally rubber-stamp his move to Japan.
Torres said goodbye to Atletico in style, bagging two goals in his final appearance for the Rojiblancos, a league win over Eibar.
But the prolific marksman has rejected the opportunity to continue plying his trade on European soil and chose to cut his teeth in the Japan Professional Football League with relegation strugglers Sagan Tosu.
According to reports, Torres also had offers to sign for Australian side Sydney FC and Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire.
Torres was also heavily linked with a move to the United States or China. My new team will be Sagan Tosu.
"We have had offers from every continent".
"I think Japan and the Japanese League is going to be a great experience, they have made a great effort and they believe that I can be one of the solutions so that the team returns to the place where it has to be".
The Euros and World Cup victor will again wear the No.9 shirt during his new adventure and will be looking to add to his excellent career goals tally.
Torres, who posed for a photo at the event holding a Sagan Tosu shirt alongside club chairman Minoru Takehara, will join the club on an 18-month contract, with an option to extend the deal until 2020.
For Spain, Torres further won two UEFA European Championships in 2008 and 2012 respectively, while he also won the World Cup in 2010 across his 110 caps, which saw him net 38 goals.
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