Fernando Torres is sweating over his Chelsea future following the £32 million signing of Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid. The 30-year-old could be axed, along with fellow striker Demba Ba, by Blues’ boss Jose Mourinho with Costa on his way to Stamford Bridge. Romelu Lukaku, meanwhile, will hold talks with the west London outfit over his future after the World Cup.
According to The Sun, all three of the forwards’ futures are currently up in the air, as Mourinho aims to overhaul his attacking options.
Fernando Torres: The £50m flop
Torres, who cost £50 million, remains the most expensive signing in British football history - and is also widely regarded as one of the biggest flops. In three-and-a-half seasons with Chelsea, the former Liverpool star has scored a hugely disappointing 20 Premier League goals in 110 appearances.
Mourinho indicated last season that he didn’t believe Torres was even a real striker anymore, and it seems likely that the striker - whose transformation from world-class marksman to confidence-shot under-performer will forever mystify - has no place in his manager’s plans for the forthcoming season.
Chelsea fans have lost faith in Torres
It’s not just Mourinho who has lot faith in Torres; the supporters have, too. They expected big things of the striker when he first arrived at the club, but quickly realised that the club’s owner Roman Abramovich had bought a £50 million dud.
Despite his difficult start, the Blues’ faithful stuck by the club’s record signing in the hope that he would rediscover the form which earned him, briefly, the reputation as the Premier League’s best striker. While there were glimpses of the old Torres, more disappointment would always lie around the next corner.
Torres: 2013/14 goals
Where next for Torres?
If Torres leaves Chelsea this summer, he will almost certainly move back to Spain. A transfer back to Atletico Madrid, where he is still idolised by the club’s supporters, looks the most likely destination for the Spaniard.
However, Inter Milan are believed to be keen, and a move to Serie A may tempt him. Torres was also linked with a shock return to former club Liverpool at the start of last season - although bridges may have been burned following his controversial switch to Chelsea in January 2011.
Should Mourinho axe all of his strikers?
It seems unlikely that Mourinho will axe all four of his strikers, but Samuel Eto’o has already left the club after his contract expired. Lukaku is the striker Chelsea fans will be desperately hoping stays at the club. The Belgium international has showcased his class over the past two seasons during loan spells with West Brom and Everton and has a bright future ahead of him.
Ba and Torres, though, have almost certainly played their final games for the west London outfit. But will Chelsea miss the duo next season?