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Torres a Montrealer!

Newell’s Old Boys say he’s off to CF Montreal

Joaquin Torres - Montreal-bound...

As reported by mountroyalsoccer.com and other outlets last week, it looks like Joaquin Torres, a 23-year-old midfielder/winger is on his way to Stade Saputo on loan.

There’s still not been any confirmation from CF Montreal, however Newell’s Old Boys official website is declaring the player is destined for Montreal.

Torres, in Rosario currently where today he extended his contract with parent club Newell’s until December 2022, spent last season on-loan in the Greek Super League with Volos.

Newell’s website says he is to be loaned free of charge and with an option to buy, to Club de Foot Montreal.

There’s no indication when the loan deal with CFM expires, but it seems to be effective immediately.

Torres is a left-footed, right-sided winger, the exact polar opposite of Lassi Lappalainen.

Once the subject of a rejected 3m euros bid from Portuguese giants Benfica, the player, skilful and quick, dropped out of favour not long after. That was in 2016/17 before Newell’s the following season went through no fewer than four coaches, the last of which Torres did not find favour with.

The player was then loaned out to new Greek Super League club Volos New Football Club in 2019/20 and made a flying start with four goals and an assist in his opening four appearances, before goal contributions dried up.

His most memorable marker was an exquisite volleyed back heel in a 3-2 defeat at AEK Athens.

The league season in Greece concluded last March. Since then Torres has played on three minutes of football when he came on as a sub in a Greek Super League Play-Out game in June. He did not appear for his Argentinian club at all in 2020.

Newell’s Old Boys was the club that developed Maxi Urruti and where the former Impact striker played professionally. It is also the club that oversaw the development of a young Lionel Messi, before the maestro headed off to greatness at Barcelona.