Chelsea’s Fernando Torres continues to be linked with a move to AC Milan but the Daily Mail has suggested two problems with a proposed loan move to Serie A.
Torres is staring at the possibility of being the fourth choice striker at Stamford Bridge should the Blues complete a deal for Mattia Destro of Roma but he seemingly doesn’t want to leave unless it’s permanent.
“Milan want to take the former Atletico Madrid forward on loan but the player's camp are awaiting proposals for a permanent transfer,” writes Simon Jones.
The second problem relates to Torres’ contract and the suggestion that he doesn’t want to sacrifice the wealth he’s been given by the West London club.
“The former Liverpool forward, who receives £150,000-a-week in wages at Stamford Bridge, wants Chelsea to pay up the two years remaining on his deal - totalling around £16m - if he is to leave the club.”
Torres is effectively in a very black and white situation at Chelsea.
He can either take any move away from the club, which would allow him to stay fit, sharp and potentially return to the Blues with more confidence and momentum or he can stay.
The downside of choosing the stay option is that he’s unlikely to see much football this season unless it’s in a competition like the FA Cup or the League Cup.
However, staying also means that he gets to retain his contract with the chances of Milan putting him on a similar deal in any permanent move extremely unlikely.
Torres couldn’t be blamed for doing anything he could to try and get a move away from Chelsea to a club where he’s going to be playing more frequently at the highest levels of domestic and European football.
This report from the Mail suggests that he’s less keen on doing that unless he’s given a chance to settle permanently at another club, possibly for the rest of his career.
It will be interesting to see if Milan can get a loan deal done or whether Torres will be condemned to at least half a season sitting on the bench.