Fernando Torres: Five possible destinations
Chelsea opinion: A look at where Fernando Torres might end up if he leaves Stamford Bridge this summer
Jose Mourinho’s appointment as the Chelsea manager has led to speculation that several first-team players will leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
With the summer transfer window officially open now, we shall see many big names swapping clubs in the coming days.
The fate of Chelsea star-striker Fernando Torres is in the balance after Mourinho reportedly quoted his performances as ‘so-so’ in a Chelsea shirt.
We look at the possible destinations Torres could end up at if he leaves Chelsea.
The place where it all started. Fernando Torres’s boyhood club Atletico Madrid have sold Radamel Falcao to Monaco for a fee of £50m. They are in the transfer market for a replacement and who better than El Nino.
He loves the club, the fans love him and if this transfer actually becomes a reality it will be a pleasant homecoming for the striker.
We all know Torres’s scoring record against the Catalan giants be it in an Atletico Madrid or Chelsea shirt.
Barcelona are ready to let David Villa leave the Nou Camp this summer and reports suggest they are readying a €30m bid for the star man of the Blues, according to the Guardian. It might be a make or break move for the number nine.
Chelsea are leading the race to sign Edinson Cavani from Napoli and his signing means limited opportunities for Torres in the starting line-up.
Napoli manager Rafael Benitez would love to again re-unite with Torres to lead the Napoli charge. Both know each other well and it might be a blessing in disguise for the Spain international - it could help him get his career back on track.
Arsenal have all but completed the signing of Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid for a fee of £22m.
It is believed that they are eyeing a shock move for Fernando Torres to partner Higuain to lead the Gunners attack, as they are prepared to let Lukas Podolski leave who might be Dortmund-bound if Lewandowski leaves this summer, according to The Sun.
It remains to be seen if Chelsea will be willing to sell to their London rivals for no matter how much money they offer.
It is looking highly unlikely that Luis Suarez will be seen in a Liverpool shirt again as he has already made up his mind to leave Merseyside for Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.
A move back to Anfield for Torres would be welcomed by most Liverpool fans and they believe a reunion - of sorts - with ex-Chelsea man Daniel Sturridge will be the one to watch out for.
Torres fits the bill perfectly at Liverpool as their style of play suits him well which might end his occasional scoring droughts he has had at Chelsea.
We are definitely in for some exciting transfers and only time would tell if Mourinho, after meeting Torres, decides to stick with him or let him go for well short of the £50m Chelsea paid to land the striker back in January 2011.
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