The news that Inter Milan are planning to pair Patrice Evra with his former Manchester United team-mate Nemanja Vidic in the second step of a summer overhaul will no doubt please Nerrazzuri fans, but the Italian giants should stay well clear of Chelsea forward Fernando Torres if they are to emulate the glory days of old.
The Spaniard, who scored just five Premier League goals as Chelsea missed out on the league title to Manchester City, has failed to provide any shred of evidence that he is capable of recapturing the form of old and become one of the most feared marksmen in Europe once more.
At Liverpool he was prolific, one of the most potent threats in world football. Inter should not pursue him based on past glories.
What matters is now, and what the Torres of 2014 looks like. The answer is a shadow, a wreck, a ship that has clearly sailed and, no matter how hard it tries, can never return.
As Diego Costa prepares to join Jose Mourinho’s side, it is set to trigger an exodus. Roman Abramovich’s centre-piece, the man who he parted so willingly with £50million to secure his services back in 2010, is thought to be surplus to requirements.
Whereas Evra and Vidic have aged as gracefully as fine wine, still producing stellar displays in the wreckage of David Moyes’ tenure, Torres is now a veteran too jaded and indifferent to succeed at the top level of football again.
What Inter really need is Costa himself, but whether they could snare the Spaniard when a move to England already looks so done and dusted is highly unlikely.
Alternatives would lie perhaps closer to home, with Ciro Immobile a potential target if he could be snared from Torino. However, Borussia Dortmund are reportedly interested, with the need to replace talisman Robert Lewandowski top of Jurgen Klopp’s priority list.
If there is some truth in the rumours Edinson Cavani is unsettled in France with Paris St Germain then Massimo Moratti must do his utmost to sign the former Napoli forward. Manchester United are also keen, but Inter’s participation in Europe could prove crucial, although the ethics of the move given his Napoli allegiance may be a stumbling block in any potential move.
The truth is that Torres could not be trusted to lead an Inter revolution. His inconsistencies towards the end of his Liverpool spell and at Chelsea mean he is a striker better suited to a worse league, with Serie A too good for him.
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