With Milan Facing a Crucial Season, Is Fernando Torres the Right Man to Sign?

Matteo BonettiContributor IAugust 27, 2014

ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS - JULY 30:  Fernando Torres of Chelsea in action during the pre season friendly match between Vitesse Arnhem and Chelsea at the Gelredome Stadium on July 30, 2014 in Arnhem, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Chelsea CareerAppearances (all comps)Goals (all comp)
2010-11 181

Long gone are the days of Marco Van Basten, George Weah, Andriy Shevchenko and even Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

World-class strikers who changed the course of a game with one moment of unbridled brilliance.

At Liverpool, Torres was one of the most feared strikers in world football.
At Liverpool, Torres was one of the most feared strikers in world football.Michael Regan/Getty Images

Now, the options for Filippo Inzaghi's Milan side seem to rather slim. With Mario Balotelli gone, a replacement is needed, as Giampaolo Pazzini is the only real No. 9 on the entire team. 

The thought of turning ex-PSG winger Jeremy Menez into a false No. 9 like Lionel Messi seem a bit silly, so the hunt continues to find a loan deal for a striker who isn't at his top value for various reasons.

According to Simone Bargellini of Sky Sports, Milan is heavily interested in Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, who has turned into a bit of a cartoon character since joining over from Liverpool. The once feared Spanish striker is now subject to endless bits of parodies rather than news actually focusing on his prowess as a striker.

The 30-year-old striker has done nothing to justify his mammoth price tag (£50 million) since joining the London-based outfit, as the man once capable netting more than 20 in a season has struggled to get a double-digit goal tally in domestic action.

Now that Milan aren't the free-spending club of old times, rolling the dice on a striker who is in the bargain bin is the only way to capture the potential for greatness. Inzaghi knows the position better than most and clearly sees something still in Torres that has become an interesting proposition for the club.

The main problem with Fernando Torres has been that he's lost his searing speed that he had at Liverpool. With the Reds, the Spaniard possessed an imposing physique as well as the pace to get by a defender easily, often giving himself the chance to score easy goals by creating enough separation with a burst of acceleration.

Various injuries and an aging body have contributed equally to this problem, and he hasn't made it easier for himself by notoriously missing very easy chances in front of goal. 

However, there is a potential to tap into a percentage of the player Torres used to be if he does join the Rossoneri.

Aging German striker Miroslav Klose underwent a revival in Serie A after joining Lazio. There's no doubting that the speed of the Serie A game is much different from the more physical grind of the Premier League.

In Italy, Torres would find more space to operate, and the game would slow down to fit his tempo a bit better. Ideally, he could reclaim his scoring touch and confidence in a brand-new country where he can start fresh.

In the end, Torres would be just another depressing reminder of the state of Milan these days. They've become a club that cannot lure a top player in his prime any longer. Financial reasons obviously being the reason for this downfall, a loan deal for Torres could help Milan slide into the top five, but a berth in the Champions League is still eons away.