Reports in Italy claim that Benitez is Aurelio De Laurentiis’ preferred option to replace Walter Mazzarri this summer and the Spaniard may influence a move for Torres.
It’s likely that the club’s star striker Edinson Cavani will be leaving the club during the upcoming transfer window and there’s a host of clubs vying for his signature, including Premier League duo Chelsea and Manchester City. Could the Blues use Torres as a bargaining chip in a similar way to City, who may of Edin Dzeko in exchange for the Uruguayan?
At this stage it is doubtful as De Laurentiis recently confirmed:
“I’ve asked sporting director Riccardo Bigon to go and speak to City about Cavani and to negotiate for Dzeko.”
I can see Benitez there but I can’t see Torres following him. However, I think Torres could have played his last match for the club by Saturday.
Rob Beasley has already hinted at it in The Sun that he believes the Spaniard could be off this season as Jose Mourinho isn’t keen on him, although I’m not entirely sure how he would know that. He does make a good point though.
Should Torres see out his contract at Chelsea it’s going to cost the club nearly £30 million in wages and despite a so-so season in which he’s earned some pride back, he isn’t going to reach the heights he did whilst on Liverpool and this summer represents the best opportunity to move him on as he has shown glimpses of his former self. Perhaps a club is now willing to take a punt on him where they would have thought it too high a risk previously.
Chelsea, of course, would have to partly finance any sort of move whether it be a regular wage subsidy or a lump sum but the club would still save millions by offloading him.
The player himself has continuously spoke about wanting to improve next season, constantly reminding us that he has three years left on his contract and is now showering Mourinho with praise before he’s even been announced – he is try too hard for someone that has peace of mind over his future.