AC Milan must make a crunch decision over the future of Spanish international Fernando Torres.
The 30-year-old has failed to make an impression in Italy since arriving on loan from Premier League giants Chelsea in the summer, and could see his contract terminated in order to usher him out of the club sooner. Jose Mourinho is unlikely to want the struggling striker back at Stamford Bridge, but Rafael Beniez could be the man to revive his fortunes at Napoli if he does indeed depart the San Siro.
After three miserable years in the capital with Chelsea, the Blues looked to have finally offloaded him in the last transfer window with Filippo Inzaghi keen to make him the spearhead of his Milan side.
However despite scoring a stunning header on his debut, things have gone from bad to worse and he has yet to find the net since. His form has continued to regress with stunning alarm, and he now looks completely unrecognisable from the fresh-faced forward that terrorised defences during his days at Atletico Madrid and Liverpool.
Inzaghi is unwilling to put up with his struggles for much longer, and could instead allow the Spaniard to either return to Chelsea or join another club. Mourinho spent big to bring the likes of Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Didier Drogba to the club, and with such a formidable frontline would not want Torres back to complicate things.
Agreeing a two-year loan deal with Milan was a huge sign of just how unwanted his number nine had become in the capital, but even they are now growing frustrated at his poor form and may even allow him to join Napoli on a free transfer in the New Year.
Benitez worked with his compatriot when the two were at Anfield, and was the man who many believed transformed him into one of the most prolific marksmen in world football. They were also briefly reunited at Chelsea, with Torres scoring a seasonal-high goal tally in a blue shirt whilst his former Liverpool manager was at the helm.
Napoli are in the market for another striker as back-up to Argentinean goal machine Gonzalo Higuain, with Swansea City loanee Michu struggling to make an impact at the Stadio San Paolo.
With his future looking so uncertain, Torres himself should even consider the huge step of retirement before he endures any more humiliation. The potency and ruthlessness that once made him the best on the planet have showed no sign of returning during his ill-fated time at Milan, and the Italian giants should really consider axing him if his goal drought continues.
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