Nou Camp boss keen on Stamford Bridge striker.
Barcelona are said to be in talks with Chelsea over a potential swap deal that will surprise many. Spanish daily El Mundo Deportivo are claiming that Pep Guardiola is ready to hand Andre Villas-Boas Sergi Roberto, Isaac Cuenca and Martin Montoya in exchange for Spanish international Fernando Torres who is said to be the Nou Camp boss’s preferred replacement for long term injury victim David Villa.
Villas-Boas has handed 27 year old former Liverpool man Torres just seven Premier League starts this season and the last of those came in October when the Blues were beaten by Arsenal at home. There has been growing speculation that the West London side may consider offloading the striker they bought just under a year ago for a British record transfer fee of £50m.
Torres has not impressed since his move to Chelsea, netting just five times in 37 appearances and the Spaniard has now fallen down the pecking order with the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Didier Drogba and Juan Mata all seemingly ahead of the misfiring striker.
The Stamford Bridge side have been linked with interest in both midfielder Sergi Roberto and defender Martin Montoya but a surprising addition to this reported swap deal is Isaac Cuenca who has impressed many with this marauding displays on the right wing this season.
Whilst Barcelona have lost the services of David Villa for the rest of the season Guardiola has no shortage of fire-power with Lionel Messi receiving effective support in goal-scoring terms from Alexis Sanchez, Pedro and Cesc Fabregas.
A move back to La Liga for Torres has been mooted in recent weeks with big spenders Malaga and former club Atletico Madrid said to be keen on helping to get the striker’s career back on track. Though Andre Villas-Boas has insisted that he has no intention of selling Fernando Torres, his actions suggest that he has lost faith in his number nine.
An offer such as this from Barcelona would surely tempt Chelsea, especially given that their recent acquisition from the Catalan side, Oriol Romeu, has proved a great success since his move to the Premier League side.
Note: There is a very good chance that this story emanated from El Mundo Deportivo as a Spanish April Fools Day prank.