Spanish international striker Fernando Torres has been linked with a move away from the club following a disappointing campaign (again) this season.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has repeatedly vented his disapproval of his strikers’ goal return this season, and with Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa on the radar, Samuel Eto’o, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres’ futures all appear to be in doubt.
The 30-year-old striker became the first £50m signing in Britain, and it has been suggested that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic wants to draw every last penny’s worth of talent out of the striker (given that a decent-sized transfer fee looks unlikely).
In 14 Premier League starts this season, the former Liverpool player has scored a disappointing four goals.
Despite his difficult time since he signed for Chelsea in 2011, Torres has hinted that his future remains with the club – notwithstanding the reported interest from abroad.
In an interview with The Guardian by Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Torres said:
Where does this all leave Mourinho ?
It’s a difficult situation for the Portuguese boss, and although he appears willing to support his striker for Chelsea's 6 remaining Premier League matches, Mourinho will no doubt be hoping that a stay-put Torres doesn’t impact Chelsea’s ability to bring in that much-needed top class striker over the summer.