January Transfer Window: 5 Possible Answers to Chelsea's Fernando Torres Problem
He's still missing chances, he's taking too many touches and he's not looking confident. After drawing a disappointing blank at the FIFA Club World Cup (there's no way that shot against Monterrey was going in), the Spaniard put in a miserable performance against Leeds in the Capital One Cup.
Here are five possible solutions to the problem with no mention of the obvious Radamel Falcao.
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A very strong showing in the London 2012 Olympics amid a solid showing in the Brasileiro Serie A has done nothing to dispel the rumours of his potential departure from Internacional.
Tottenham have held a long-standing interest in the target man (via The Guardian), but why not chance a different part of England's capital?
Damiao is a well-rounded player who has it all—strength, close control, awareness and finishing ability.
Marcelo Bielsa says Fernando Llorente will not be leaving Athletic Bilbao in January (via Goal.com), but he's just being intentionally difficult.
This circus has gone on long enough, and if any club puts in a bid of around £10 million, chairman Josh Urrutia needs to step in and accept.
Llorente underwent a "Bielsafication" last season, learning to hold the ball, chest it down and play it on the deck rather than go for the flick on. He'd be just perfect at Chelsea.
Hulk and Zenit St. Petersburg just aren't getting on.
It's almost impossible to see a happy ending for this couple in the end, so Zenit may be wise to sell up for a high price while they still can.
Chelsea's interest in Hulk is well-documented (via ESPN), and the club could well be tempted to enter the market for him in January.
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Roberto Soldado continues to be overlooked when the debate about consistent La Liga goal scorers arises.
"Bobby" has won over a lot of individual fans due to his hard-working nature and loyalty to current club Valencia, but this season has been a real treat for us so far.
Thirteen goals from 20 games represents an exceptional haul, and the Spaniard has been pivotal in Los Che's admirable UEFA Champions League run.
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Seydou Doumbia has done a bit of a Hulk.
He was playing in Japanese league with Tokushima Vortis when Young Boys spotted him, and more than 50 goals over a two-year span in Switzerland saw him earn a move to CSKA Moscow.
He's still widely known as a goal machine, and if his usual red-hot form kicks in now he's returned from a herniated disc, he could be brimming just in time for January.