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At 29, he still has a few seasons of quality left to offer a new team and isn't so far removed from his bright Liverpool days to entice potential suitors. And it's not as though he was poor for Chelsea this year, scoring 23 goals and adding seven assists in all competitions.
But in two-and-a-half seasons for Chelsea, he's scored just 15 league goals, the same amount as midfielder Frank Lampard scored for the club this year. A combination of poor form and falling out of favor with managers has led to a rather tenuous stay at Stamford Bridge.
Plus, now Chelsea are heavily linked to big names at the forward position. While Radamel Falcao is no longer an option, as he is heading to cash-flush Monaco, Edinson Cavani is very much in play for the Blues.
Incoming Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will offer Fernando Torres to Napoli as part of a player-plus-cash deal for Edinson Cavani, according to reports in Italy.
After missing out on Monaco-bound Falcao, Mourinho has switched his attention to bringing in Uruguayan striker Cavani—a long-term target of Manchester City’s.
Cavani’s release clause stands at 60 million Euros (£54 million) and City are prepare to offer Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko as part of a deal to bring the 26-year-old to the Etihad Stadium.
But Chelsea know that new Napoli boss Rafael Benitez would love to work with Fernando Torres for a third time and will offer him as a 30m Euro (£25.7 million) makeweight, report Gazzetta dello Sport.
Would Torres welcome a change of scenery, albeit one with a familiar face at the helm? Obviously, nobody knows the answer to that question except the man himself, but it would seriously behoove him to change squads.
For one, the Chelsea faithful have had their fill of his inconsistent play. For another, Mourinho will likely want to bring in his own man to lead the line. And even if a player of Cavani's stature can't be brought on, Torres will face a steep battle for playing time with Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku as options at forward.
And Torres can't afford to lose playing time. With the World Cup next season, the last thing he can afford is to ride the pine if he hopes to crack Spain's starting 11 or even make the team. At a club like Napoli, he would be given a chance to start almost certainly.
At Chelsea, that seems far from guaranteed.
Torres and Chelsea tried to make things work, but it just never panned out. Chelsea will be looking to move on to bigger and better things for Mourinho, and Torres simply needs a change of scenery at this point of his career.