It seems Chelsea has finally run out of patience with its owner's fetish buy Fernando Torres. If reports from the Daily Mail are to be believed, the West London outfit is likely to make him available in the January transfer window for as merely as £20 million.
Chelsea signed the misfiring forward from Liverpool last January in a massive £50 million deal. The deadline day arrival was seen more of a result of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's long-term admiration for El Nino than then-manager Carlo Ancelotti's decision.
Torres was lacking in form when he arrived at Chelsea, but the prospect of him partnering Drogba upfront was too much of an offer to resist. Everyone hoped he would get back his former shine. But that has not happened in the past 11 months. With a mere seven goals scored since his arrival he is slowly turning into one big liability for the Blues to handle.
Moreover, since his arrival, Chelsea has been trying to change its playing style to help Torres get back his scoring boots. The arrival of fellow countryman Juan Mata was seen as one such move to bring the best out of Torres. But while the change in style and problems to adapt in the new style has cost Chelsea several invaluable points, Torres has failed to convert his opportunities. The last few weeks have seen him fall down the pecking order courtesy of brilliant performances from Drogba and Daniel Sturridge. His absence from the action against Manchester City also showed that Villas Boas is not ready to risk his job by doling out fruitless opportunities week in and week out.
Now it seems the West Londoners too have also lost patience with their misfiring and highly expensive striker. As reported, the club is ready to listen to offers come January and might even offload him for less than half his buying price to lessen their losses as much as possible whilst bringing down the wage bill. If the Blues do sell Torres they will have to make do with a huge loss making it Chelsea's worst deal ever. But if they do not sell him they risk making further losses if Torres fails to find his form until the summer, which seems very likely given his present condition.
Villas-Boas is most likely to give Torres playing time in Chelsea's next fixture against Wigan. The onus will be on Torres to bring back his manager's as well as the club's faith back in him or else this month might be his last in London as well as England.