Date: 2nd July 2013 at 11:31am
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Fernando-Torres-Golden-Boot(1)As Chelsea step up their pursuit of Napoli forward Edinson Cavani the rumours over Fernando Torres’ exit become increasingly likely.

That’s what Tom Dutton of the Evening Standard believes anyway. It’s only a matter of time before either the Serie A club give in or Chelsea will look elsewhere for a new striker, either would suggest that Torres’ days are numbered.

I can’t really fault Torres’ effort for the most part since he arrived at Stamford Bridge and it’s frustrating that things just haven’t happened for our £50 million acquisition, it’s unlikely it’ll ever work out as well as it should.

The Confederations Cup golden boot winner has only amassed 15 Premier League goals in two and a half seasons at Stamford Bridge with 34 in 131 in total. That’s only 11 fewer games than he played for Liverpool, where he scored 81. This will concern Jose Mourinho and would be the chief reason for spending most of the summer budget on a new forward.

Should the like of Cavani arrive in West London then Torres, Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku will want to know where they stand and they’ll all want to play enough games to give them the best chance of being selected for their respective nations for the 2014 World Cup, if they qualify.

But Mourinho did say that everyone has a chance and I think Torres will be at Chelsea for one more season as I’m not convinced Chelsea will indulge Aurelio De Laurentiis and Napoli’s ridiculous games and over-valuation of Cavani, and won’t pay the €63 million it would take to sign him.

Torres will be at Chelsea for one more season, I reckon, and if that’s the case then it represents a huge opportunity for Lukaku as well as giving Torres the chance to finally win the league winners medal he’d never have got at Liverpool. There has been a lot of talk about forwards this summer but a central midfielder and defender remain a bigger concern for me.

I’d obviously prefer to see a reliable forward come in the door but we shouldn’t be held to ransom by the likes of Napoli and having Torres, Lukaku and Ba isn’t the disaster the press would make it out to be. What will happen is anyone’s guess though.

Source: Evening Standard