Despite the transfer window being closed, there is always transfer gossip doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, could Chelsea swap Fernando Torres for Radamel Falcao?
Chelsea may have to offer Fernando Torres back to Athletico Madrid if they are to finally land striker Radamel Falcao, according to the Daily Star.
The European champions have been long linked with the prolific Columbian hitman and were thought to be lining up a £45m bid this January. However, the Star claims that Athletico Madrid would prefer a player swap deal involving Spanish striker Fernando Torres.
Torres scored 91 goals in 243 appearances for the La Liga outfit during a six year stint in Spain before leaving for Liverpool in 2007. After another successful spell at Anfield where he scored 81 goals in 142 games, Torres made a £50m move to Stamford Bridge in 2011.
However, the 28-year-old has failed to settle in London and has struggled to replicate his past form leading to question marks over his futre.
Madrid realise they are going to struggle to hang on to goal-scoring machine Falcao and have been looking at potential replacements, with Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez linked. But as Chelsea prepare to make their interest in Falcao official, Athletico have set their sights on former star Torres and would demand the Spaniard as part of a player-plus-cash deal.
Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain are both monitoring Falcao’s situation but the Blues would be in pole position if they were to offer a ready-made replacement in Torres.
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It would be interesting to see how much Madrid would expect as well as Torres if a deal was discussed No doubt his stock has fallen dramatically since the Blues forked out £50m for him nearly two years ago, and with Falcao rated at almost the same price, it looks like Abramovich is going to have to sign another sizable cheque if he is to land one of the world’s deadliest strikers this January.
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