Chelsea may finally get some goals for the £50 million they spent on Spanish striker Fernando Torres, but they could be coming from the boots and head of Colombian striker Radamel Falcao. Rumours have been circulating in England that Chelsea may be offloading the struggling striker to La Liga side Atletico Madrid.
The reports say that the English Premier League club are considering an offer which would see Torres head back to Spain in return for striker Radamel Falcao. In addition, Chelsea will generously kick in a total of £15 million as well. However, it’s believed that the Spanish side are interested in cash only and are asking for a ridiculous fee in the range of £50 million.
After spending £50 million originally for Torres from Liverpool and getting so little in return, it’s hard to imagine the London-based club spending the same amount on the 26-year-old Colombian. Falcao has hit the net regularly over the past two seasons though as he scored 33 times in 36 matches with Portuguese club Porto last season and managed another 24 goals in 34 matches with Atletico Madrid this season.
Where Falcao has really impressed has been in the clubs’ European competitions. He has hit the back of the net a total of 30 times in 31 Europa League games over the last two seasons. In the final he was the difference between the teams and scored two goals against rivals Bilbao. But while Falcao has been pretty impressive over the past couple of years, it’s been the opposite for Torres. The Spanish star was bought by Chelsea in January of 2011 from Liverpool, but has been a bust on the pitch when it comes to goals scored and he might be left out of the Spanish squad for Euro Cup 2012.
Torres had a decent last month to the season by scoring the tying goal in Chelsea’s’ 2-2 Champions League draw in Barcelona and then followed it up with a hat trick a few days later in a 6-1 win over QPR. It’s possible that he’ll get another chance to impress manager Roberto Di Matteo and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich on May 19 when Chelsea travels to Germany to take on Bayern Munich in the European Champions League Final.
Torres started his pro career with Atletico Madrid and scored 91 goals in 243 games for them from 2001 to 2007. He managed 81 goals in 142 games for Liverpool between 2007 and 2011, but has scored just 12 in 64 matches with Chelsea. He’s also scored 27 goals in 91 games with Spain.
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