Reports in Spain claim that Atletico Madrid have turned down an offer of €36 million plus Diego Forlan from Manchester United for teenage striker Fernando Torres.

Catalan newspaper El Mundo Deportivo√äclaims the bid was submitted by the Premiership champions ‘a few days ago’ but was turned down by the Spanish side.

Torres, already a full international with three caps to his name, is regarded as the outstanding young player in Spanish football and is enjoying a good season. He has already scored 13 goals for Atletico this season and has been instrumenal in their push for a place in Europe.

Torres recently signed a new long-term contract at El Vicente Calderon which the club hope will keep him there until 2008.