Chelsea Transfer Rumours: Blues Shouldn't Hesitate to Sell Fernando Torres

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJune 13, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19:  Fernando Torres of Chelsea celebrates scoring their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on May 19, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Fernando Torres has been a disappointment for Chelsea in his two-and-a-half seasons at the club, scoring just 15 goals in Premier League play for the team in that time. To put that in perspective, he had 18 goals in the Premier League for the 2009-10 season.

So if the Blues could find a buyer willing to pay, say, £17 million for the Spaniard, it would behoove them to take that deal immediately. But what team would give Chelsea £17 million for Torres?

I'm glad you asked. According to David Salinas of Sport (via John Drayton of the Daily Mail), Barcelona has interest in buying the Spanish striker:

Not content enough with Messi and Neymar leading the line, Barcelona are reportedly considering a sensational swoop for Fernando Torres.

Catalan daily newspaper Sport claims that Barcelona are mulling over a £17 million (20 million Euros) bid for the 29-year-old Chelsea striker this summer.

Although Torres would not regularly start, the Spanish international is seen by the Catalan club as a useful super-sub.

I'm imagining that something like the words, "Oh, happy day!" are running through the heads of Chelsea supporters right about now. This might be happening, too...

Look, I don't want to pile on Torres too much here. He's undoubtedly been a disappointment at Chelsea, but he did score 23 goals in all competitions this year, including six in the Europa League. Every now and again, he'll do something brilliant and remind everyone of his elite form from the Liverpool days. 

But Chelsea obviously needs to bring in an elite striker, and moving Torres for that amount of money would make perfect sense and allow Demba Ba to come off the bench as the second option at forward. 

Of course, it's hard to imagine this deal happening. It doesn't make a ton of sense for Torres, who could earn a starting gig somewhere for sure, namely if he would willingly take a pay cut. And would it really be wise for Barcelona to shell out that level of cash for a backup forward who has struggled with confidence issues in the past?

I understand why Barca want to bring in another pure forward. The team has a serious case of Lionel Messi overreliance, and even the addition of Neymar may not cure that if the team doesn't bring in a true forward to spell Messi from time to time. 

I just don't know that Torres is the man for this particular job. He could get way more playing time elsewhere.

But hey, if Barca want to do this deal and Torres signs off, Chelsea should do this deal in a hot minute. Sometimes, things that are too good to be true come true anyway.