Barcelona continues to look for talent to help the club, and it appears as though Fernando Torres is next on the list. However, the forward should turn down this offer.
This speculation began when Spanish newspaper Sport reported Barcelona's interest in the Chelsea player. According to John Drayton of the Daily Mail, the article stated that the club is "mulling over a £17 million (20 million Euros) bid for the 29-year-old Chelsea striker this summer."
Even though the Spanish club recently signed Neymar to a long-term deal, this is a smart move going forward.
Torres might not be the player that was brought to Chelsea for £50 million a few years ago, but he is still someone capable of getting goals at a high rate. Last season, he totaled 22 goals for the English squad in all competitions.
With Neymar and Lionel Messi on the roster, Barcelona can use the forward as a sub who can come in late in matches and provide an offensive spark when it is needed. After relying on Messi all last season, the club will finally have multiple options to take the pressure off.
However, this deal does not make sense for either of the other parties that would be involved.
Chelsea would be losing its leading scorer for a small fraction of what it gave up to get him. Although fans were upset at his lack of production in Premier League matches, he is a big reason that the club has won both the Champions League and the Europa League in the past two seasons.
Where should Fernando Torres play next season?
Without him, the Blues will have to depend on some options up front that either are past their prime or have been incredibly inconsistent with the club.
As for Torres, he would leave a successful squad with plenty of room for him on the roster for a club that has little need for the forward. He would get much less time on the pitch and would almost be forgotten behind the loaded roster on Barcelona.
This movement to a winning club would make sense to someone who has not won any trophies in his career. However, Torres has earned a title in the Champions League and Europa League with Chelsea, as well as the World Cup and European Championships with Spain. He does not need to sacrifice himself for the thrill of victory.
Last week, Torres was hopeful when asked about his future with Chelsea, according to FOX Soccer:
I have three more years on my contract so I am not worried. I know my future is there. To be honest, it is like this every summer. There is talk and speculation. But as I said when I signed my contract, I will be there for five-and-a-half seasons. My future is there, and my present is with the national team.
Even though the Barcelona news has come out since this interview, the mindset should not change. He was coming on strong by the end of the past season and he put together better numbers than he had since the 2009-10 season with Liverpool.
Chelsea is set up for a lot of success next year with Jose Mourinho. Fernando Torres should remain with the club and be a part of that.
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