Stamford Bridge side ready to cut their losses with Spanish forward as they pursue La Liga goal machine.
Chelsea are reportedly looking into the possibility of using Fernando Torres as bait in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid goal machine Radamel Falcao.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich is beginning to lose his patience with the Spanish international forward, who hasn’t come anywhere near justifying the £50m forked out for his services, and the the Russian billionaire will make inquiries into using the former Vicente Calderon hero as a makeweight in their pursuit of Colombian Falcao.
Chelsea were strongly linked with a move for Falcao throughout the summer and their interest was heightened after the 26 year old struck a tremendous hat-trick against the West London side in the Super Cup Final.
Atletico Madrid may well struggle to keep hold of Falcao and the offer of a former hero’s return could well help appease the club’s supporters and it may well be a move that the 28 year old would consider.
Roberto Di Matteo has given the former Liverpool man a consistent run in the first team and the absence of Ivory Coast forward Didier Drogba should have helped to reassure Torres of his first team spot but this has not led to a return to something like the form the striker displayed during his peak periods at Anfield.
Torres spent seven seasons in the Atletico Madrid first team, netting 91 goals, before he completed a big money move to Liverpool. However his form since moving to Stamford Bridge has been dire with the striker managing just 15 goals in 75 appearances.
Chelsea would have to offer a decent sum on top of the addition of Torres into any deal to sign Radamel Falcao, such is the clamour for the former FC Porto man’s signature. There has been doubts from some quarters that the lethal finisher would not be able to replicate the form he displayed in Portugal in the far superior La Liga, those fears have been more than quashed.
£50m rated Falcao managed 36 goals in his first season at the club and has netted eight goals in five matches thus far this term but there is a very real doubt that the one time River Plate man can challenge for titles or even secure Champions League football with Atletico Madrid and therefore there will always be a fear that a ‘bigger’ club will sooner or later nab the forward.
This is of course what happened with Fernando Torres five years ago and happened again last summer when Man City snapped up Sergio Aguero. Therefore a part-exchange offer of this nature may just tempt Atletico Madrid.
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