Fernando Torres to join Japanese J League side Sagan Tosu

Fernando Torres and Iniesta

Fernando Torres and Iniesta

Chicago Fire are now 7th in MLS' Eastern Conference - a point off of the playoff spots - and Torres would be another big-name addition to the North American league after Wayne Rooney recently joined relegation-threatened DC United.

He announced that he is joining Sagan Tosu as a free agent after leaving Atletico Madrid last month. Numerous reports indicate that Torres has signed an 18-month contract with options beyond that.

"They wanted me on a football level, which was one of the most important things".

Crouch, 37, played for relegated Stoke City in the Premier League last season, scoring five goals in 31 appearances.

He said he planned to make his debut for Sagan Tosu on July 22. Torres also fielded offers from clubs in Australia, China, France, Germany and others before accepting the move to Japan.

Both players might be fighting for different objectives, as Iniesta's new team are now in sixth place, while Torres' club are 17th out of 18.

Torres becomes the second high-profile Spaniard to head to Japan in the last few weeks after former Barcelona great Andres Iniesta agreed to join Vissel Kobe in May.

"It is an exciting challenge for both of us. We hope to do great things there, and hopefully can bring many things and teach many things", he said.

The move was also announced on Sagan Tosu's official website, with the club saying he would be given the No. 9 shirt, which he has worn for the majority of his career.

Despite winning the Champions League and Europa League with the Blues he struggled to recreate his Liverpool form at Stamford Bridge and was sent to AC Milan on loan ahead of the 2014-15 campaign.