Fernando Torres: Ancelotti Expresses Interest: A Good Move For Chelsea?

Saura BhattacharjeeAnalyst IMay 14, 2010

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti's recent revelations about his wish to bring Liverpool's talismanic striker Fernando Torres to Stamford Bridge have sparked speculations of a massive bid of nearly £50million being placed by Chelsea to swoop the Spanish sensation from Anfield this summer.

The recently crowned Premier League champions have long been reported to be considering a bid for Torres this transfer window. After their previous bid in 2008 failed, the West London outfit are reportedly planning to break the bank to secure El Nino's services next season.

Speaking to the Sun, the former AC Milan manager expressed his interest in signing Torres for the first time. He reportedly told the Sun that he would not only like to play with Drogba but would also like to play with Torres. Although he did not confirm anything, it looks likely that Chelsea may make a move this summer to secure the Reds' unsettled star.

The Blues' in-form forward Didier Drogba, who won the Premier League Golden Boot, had earlier fuelled speculations of a possible move for Torres when he admitted that he would love to play alongside the Spaniard at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool's talismanic striker had sparked rumours of a move away from Anfield in recent weeks after he told in an interview that Liverpool need to make star signings this summer if they wish to keep him at The Kop. With the Reds' poor season seeing them fail to secure a Champions' League spot next season it is been widely rumoured that many Reds' stars may make a move to greener pastures including Torres.

But Chelsea may again be frustrated as Torres' has expressed doubts over his future at the Premier League. The highly-talented striker has seen his time at Liverpool plagued by frequent injuries and has expressed fears that playing for too long at the physically demanding Premier League may cut short his playing career.

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has time and again reiterated that Torres will not leave Anfield this summer. However, even if the Spaniard decides to make a move away from Liverpool it may see him prefer Spain to England as his likely destination with La Liga giants Barcelona expressing their interests in signing the 26-year-old.

El Nino's arrival at Stamford Bridge, if it happens, will be warmly welcomed. Torres has had an impressive season for the Reds' scoring 22 goals in 32 appearances and is one of the most sought-after players in the world with the likes of Manchester City, Barcelona and Chelsea among his suitors.

Drogba's strength and Torres' pace can turn their partnership into a deadly combination for the Blues, capable of destroying any defense in the world. Chelsea plans to replace many of their aging stars with younger players next season and Torres' arrival would be a step forward in achieving their objective.

But signing Torres' has also its disadvantages. Torres is highly injury-prone and has been sidelined for a majority of his time at Liverpool due to injuries. His most recent injury saw his season cut short and has sparked fears that the Spaniard may well miss the World Cup in June.

His frequent injuries have seen him sidelined for many months which has taken a toll on Liverpool who have struggled to score in absence of their star striker.

In case Chelsea signs the Spanish goalscoring machine this summer they may face the same problems that have plagued Liverpool the past few seasons. Chelsea needs to keep these facts in mind when making a swoop for Torres. They will require an able back-up player to cope in Torres' absence.

Thus, when Chelsea sits down to plan on securing Torres, they are likely to face a dilemma on these issues. With Chelsea also linked with other players like Wolfsburg's Edin Dzeko or Atletico Madrid's Sergio Aguero or Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain. It will be interesting to see whom the Blues' choose as their successor to their talismanic Ivorian hitman Drogba.