Chelsea Transfer Rumors: Blues Must Avoid Low-Ball Offers for Fernando Torres
Although Fernando Torres' value has plummeted in recent seasons as his production dipped and confidence became nonexistent, Chelsea must avoid accepting a low-ball offer for the frustrating Spanish striker.
Romeo Agresti of Goal.com reports Italian giant Juventus have made an offer of just £24 million for Torres. Edinson Cavani remains the team's top transfer option, but the Serie A champions have started looking at other potential targets, including Torres.
It's good news for Chelsea that somebody is showing interest. That said, accepting that type of offer after paying nearly twice that amount to get him less than two years ago would be a tough pill to swallow and ultimately the wrong move to make.
Torres hasn't lived up to the hype since joining the Blues. That's obvious. Most of his problems have been mental more than physical, though. It seems like a simple slump turned into a whole lot more as the pressure just continued to grow until he cracked under it.
He's scored just 12 goals across all competitions since joining Chelsea and has drew more than his fair share of criticism for a lack on finishing ability in front of goal.
It all adds up to plenty of disappointment and a player who's getting paid a boatload of money for barely any output. What other teams like Juventus see, however, is a chance to buy low on a forward with star potential if he finds his confidence.
Torres did start to play better near the end of the season. He notched a hat trick against Queens Park Rangers and had a total of seven goals and four assists in his last 16 appearances of the campaign. It's hard to complain about those numbers.
He has continued to play well for the Spanish national team. Despite an ever-changing role, he's scored three times in six games, including two against Ireland in a Euro 2012 group stage match.
Should Chelsea move Torres?
In other words, perhaps he's finally breaking out of the funk. If he can return to his elite form, he would once again become a vital piece for Chelsea as the team looks to defend its Champions League title next season.
The Blues have also been active in the transfer market looking for players to make them more competitive in the Premier League as well after watching Manchester City and Manchester United run away with it last season.
Torres can still be a valuable part of a team and, based on his recent play, Chelsea shouldn't just get rid of him for the sake of removing him from the roster. The team should exercise some patience and hope he can get back on track next season.
He's simply too good to let go at a massively reduced price.
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