Chelsea morning news: International watch, cost of keeping Torres, more

Fernando Torres

All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge.

The Netherlands Under-21s secured their second win of the current international break and burgeoning Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel got himself on the scoresheet by converting a first half penalty. Nathan Ake also featured in the Luxembourg match, playing the entire 90 minutes in defence.

van Ginkel and Ake's club colleague Nathan Chalobah started in England U21s Finland match but the Young Lions could only muster a draw. Belgian midfielder Thorgan Hazard helped his U21 side slay Northern Ireland by a slim 1-0 margin.

The senior fixtures begin tonight and the assurances made by Roy Hodgson over Frank Lampard winning his 100th international cap this evening still dominate the media headlines.

SB Nation site, We Ain't Got No History, meanwhile, published a player wage database earlier this month. Eden Hazard is the club's top earner with a £185,000 per week salary, Fernando Torres remains the player with the most expensive transfer fee attached and a history of FFP (financial fair play) fees are listed.

What is most interesting, are the cumulative costs in keeping Torres on the books at Stamford Bridge.

Having already cost the club £51,480,000 in 2011, Torres could end up costing Chelsea £101.5m should he see out the duration of his five and a half year contract. For comparison, Edinson Cavani would cost £96.5m and Manchester United would spend £70m on Robin van Persie.

Elsewhere, Ramires maintains an affection for Benfica and refuses to rule out a return to Portugal in the distant future, while Juan Mata clarifies his situation by citing injury problems as the primary reason he has enjoyed little pitch time.

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