Reports this morning have suggested that the Chelsea striker is a £25 million target for the Spanish club and while many fans would encourage the club to snap up that offer, Chelsea could try and get a player coming the other way in the process.
There is still every chance that Chelsea could make a second offer for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and if that deal comes off, Torres could find himself way down the pecking order in the attack of the team.
Torres currently has to compete with Demba Ba, Romelu Lukaku and Andre Schurrle for playing time at Stamford Bridge and there is no guarantee he won’t just be sitting on the bench for the majority of the coming season.
His departure creates an opportunity for Chelsea to go after a somewhat underrated Argentinian midfielder in Banega. The obvious argument is that Chelsea don’t need him, but he does create potential positives for the club.
Banega is a player that Chelsea have been linked with in the past and a player who would only increase the competition and quality within the midfield ranks at the Stamford Bridge side.
Chelsea form a lot of their play around having several small, dynamic and clever midfielders who are able to control the ball, pass well and setup chances for the sole striker so it’s important they have several options in that department.
Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Oscar, Kevin De Bruyne, Frank Lampard and others show there is already depth in the Chelsea squad, but Banega would increase the quality of that depth, giving Mourinho a superb option should a key attacking player pick up a bad injury.
He has a good passing success rate of over 80% based on La Liga games last season, he also scores and creates goals with four goals and assists last season and he also hits accurate long balls with over two per game finding their target.
Chelsea may even be able to work the deal so they get a small fee plus Banega for Torres, which would be a superb piece of business for the club and along the lines of how Chelsea are doing their deals in the modern market.
Torres has a record of 15 goals in 82 games so he’s not been prolific at Chelsea and that’s not a set of numbers which makes it justifiable in terms of keeping him. A fee of £25 million would be superb for a 29-year-old, past his best but Chelsea are not a club that need large injections of cash due to their wealthy owner.
Would you try and swap Torres for Banega? Is there another Valencia player Chelsea could target?
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