Like him or loathe him, there will be very few long term Chelsea supporters who will argue against the club flogging Fernando Torres this summer, regardless of the fact he cost £50 million in the first place.
Well Fernando, it’s not good news because the club need a player who can score a lot of goals next season and that doesn’t seem to be the Spaniard’s skill any more.
So how exactly do Chelsea get rid of him? Well, they can open the bidding at a very low amount and see what happens but they are unlikely to get a high profile team coming in, who would want to pay a fee and take a risk on him.
Torres’ decision to ignore Anzhi is a clear sign that he still thinks he can play football for one of the more established and bigger sides around Europe.
A possible option is just giving him away to any decent side that wants to just put him on a decent contract, but that may not be something that Roman Abramovich will allow to happen considering he engineered his transfer in the first place.
Chelsea have a possible option with Atletico Madrid, where they can use Torres as a counterweight in any deal for Falcao or as a good will measure if they try and force Thibaut Courtois to come back from the club earlier than he may have wanted to.
It’s also likely to be a popular move for Torres because Atletico Madrid are the team he originally moved from when he first came over to England, playing for Liverpool under Rafa Benitez.
Ultimately he has a professional choice to make because he’s not first choice at Chelsea and the arrival of another striker could push him even further down the pecking order.
If that happens then the only way out for him may be to accept a lower profile move to a league that he may never have ever considered joining in his career.
He could do a lot worse than Russia, because at least there he’ll earn a higher pay packet than any other club from any other country is probably willing to give him, considering he’s scored just 13 league goals from the start of last season up to now.
It’s time for him to move on and for Chelsea to move on but just what happens and where he ends up is anyone’s guess.
Chelsea fans, where do you think he’ll go? Do you want him to leave at all?
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