The transfer speculation surrounding Fernando Torres continues to swirl, as Inter Milan have taken further steps to secure the Spaniard’s striking services next season. In a recent twist to the saga, it appears that such a move would only be a temporary loan deal.
In all likelihood, this is due to two factors. Firstly, the once great Torres is hardly what he was. Inter might be hoping that the slower pace of Serie A, and a change of scenery, can see him find the net on a more regular basis. However, should he fail to find form, they’ll not want to be stuck with a misfiring, aging striker, who demands a substantial wage bill. Secondly, Torres still has two years remaining on his current contract tying him to Stamford Bridge. Given the aforementioned form problems, clubs are unlikely to be interested in paying a substantial fee to release him from this contract.
Despite Inter having a relatively quiet season, but have largely avoided the headlines thanks to the well documented problems at AC Milan. The former champions of Europe sit in 5th place in the Italian domestic league, but are still quite a way off competing with the top teams in Italy.
Pressure on the World Cup winner to find another job reached a critical point last weekend, when Chelsea crashed to defeat against relegation threatened Crystal Palace. Looking to wag the finger of blame, Mourinho singled out his attacking players, accusing them of a lack of character. Whether or not the chiding was intended as motivation, or as a personal insult, it leaves commentators in little doubt as to the imminent departure of Chelsea’s current crop of strikers.
Torres joins Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba as likely outgoings when the summer transfer windows opens at the end of the season. All three of whom have failed to impress this season.