Date: 19th May 2013 at 7:00pm
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Chelsea-Benfica-Fernando-Torres-goal_2945015Chelsea want to offload Fernando Torres this summer and will take a £30 million hit by doing so, according to The Sun‘s Rob Beasley.

The Spanish forward has picked up a number of prestigious medals during his time at Stamford Bridge and justified his personal decision to sign for the club but despite having his best season with 22 goals, it can hardly be described as a successful signing for Chelsea.

Torres has scored just seven times in the Premier League this season and hasn’t scored a goal in the league since the 8-0 demolition of Aston Villa back in December, could today’s match against Everton be his last one?

Rafael Benitez let slip to Spanish radio that Chelsea are going to invest heavily in the summer and the manager will have a great environment to come into. Undoubtedly a significant portion of those funds will be spent on a big name forward with Edinson Cavani, Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao being linked with a move to West London. If one of those lads do come in then I can’t see the next manager or club being keen to retain Torres in addition.

He has been better than he’s ever been for us and has shown signs that he has life in him, it’s also a good time to cut our losses on him because he has regained some of his previous value.

But who will take him? The forward pockets around £170,000-a-week in wages which is high even when taking his valuable image rights into the equation, so any move is likely to be subsidised by the Blues (either by lump sum or wage subsidy) but it could be a loss as they are willing to take as an alternative to paying him those wages in full over the remaining three years of his contract.

Torres has recently said that he finally feels important at Chelsea, is happy and keen to do better in the future. But as we all know, it isn’t really up to him if the man upstairs thinks otherwise.

Sell him or keep him? What’s next for Torres?

Source: The Sun