According to The Daily Mail, Chelsea's £50m signing Fernando Torres has turned down a move to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.
Despite being offered to clubs at a slashed fee of around £15m, the Spain international has failed to attract significant interest.
It seems his abysmal spell at Stamford Bridge has convinced the football world that ‘El Niño’ will never again reach the heights of his Atlético Madrid and Liverpool days.
The somewhat cliché phrase ‘the Fernando Torres of old’ has defined the Spaniard as a player lost in the shadow of his past, and the Blues may be forced into enormous sacrifices to push him out the door.
Chelsea should consider offering the 28-year-old as part of a player exchange deal, and Anzhi striker Lacina Traoré looks to be his ideal replacement.
Such a move appears to be both logical and possible. The Russian side has shown they are keen on the ex-Liverpool star, so they are likely to be interested in negotiating some kind of swap deal, plus Traoré is living up to his tag as ‘the new Didier Drogba’.
The giant 203cm striker shares many of his legendary compatriot’s most prominent qualities.
For a man of his extreme height and lanky build, the 22-year-old possesses a remarkable dribbling ability in addition to a devastating turn of pace. The Ivory Coast international is also capable of intelligently using his unique physical assets to hold the ball up, blaze past defenders and most importantly, find the net regularly.
The Ivorian is currently the top-scorer for Anzhi in the Russian Premier League with nine goals in 17 appearances.
A significant obstacle in this plan is that Torres will be hoping for a move offering Champions League football. But Anzhi’s performance in the Europa League are proving they have a bright future in European competition, and Samuel Eto’o is proof that the Spaniard won’t have to worry over his bank balance.
If Torres decides to join the Anzhi revolution and the Russian club is willing to give up their prized Ivorian powerhouse, Chelsea could transform one of the worst transfer disasters ever into the dawn of a new era at The Bridge.
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