Reports in the British tabloids suggest that Chelsea and Atletico Madrid could be set to conclude an epic swap deal involving Fernando Torres and Radamel Falcao in the summer.
These reports may just be pie in the sky, but this deal could work out well for everybody.
For Fernando Torres it could mean a return home. The Spanish international made 214 appearances for Atleti and scored 82 goals at his boyhood club and became a hero.
He became the clubs youngster ever captain and was regarded as one of the world’s best up-and-coming strikers when he left to join Liverpool.
Fernando Torres has struggled to recapture the devastating form of his Liverpool days since joining Chelsea for £50million and has come in for heavy criticism.
His time at Chelsea hasn’t all been unhappy considering he helped the Blues win the Champions League last season, but something doesn’t seem right with Torres. His goal scoring record at Chelsea is abysmal and some say that Chelsea doesn’t play to his strengths.
That lack of goals has led to his confidence in front of goal being shot to pieces. Chances he would have put away in the red of Liverpool, he is missing in a Chelsea shirt. The 29 year-old is almost like a different player to the one that was once one of the most deadly strikers in the world game.
Torres doesn’t look like he is enjoying playing football at the moment, no matter how hard he tries. Maybe a move back home would re-ignite his passion. He needs something to change or his career will just fizzle out completely.
There now almost seems an acceptance from everybody at Atletico Madrid that Radamel Falcao will leave the club this summer. Chelsea, Manchester City and Atletico’s arch-rivals Real Madrid all look to be competing for his signature this summer.
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone told Spanish Radio station Al Primer Toque: “It is complicated, but it would be fabulous if he stayed,”
“I am not his agent. I am not Falcao. Falcao has given me a lot and is a player with commitment, and I respect him a lot for that. The fans do not have to judge him after all he has given.
“[Fernando] Torres went and [Sergio] Aguero came, which was a risky bet. [Diego] Forlan went and Falcao came. If he does end up leaving, another competitive player will surely arrive.”
That sounds like a man that is preparing to replace the prolific Colombian star. Falcao has played a major part in Atletico’s revival under fellow South American Simeone. The Argentine boss would be loath to lose the striker, but at the moment the striker’s profile is just too big for him to stay at Atletico. Maybe Torres wouldn’t be a bad replacement.
Falcao is now arguably considered the best number nine in world football. The 27 year-old has scored goals wherever he has gone and is now almost the complete centre forward.
Falcao’s goals have propelled Atleti into the Champions League places in La Liga this season and they have a good chance of finishing above arch-rivals Real Madrid for the first time in a very long time.
Falcao has made a steady progression in European football from Porto to Atletico Madrid and he will only move to a top tier European club this summer. The 27 year-old is a prolific scorer of goals and prolific goal scorers are hard to come by in the modern game.
If reports are to be believed Atletico Madrid rate Falcao in the £40 bracket. Torres’ value has dwindled in his short stint at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are likely to have to add a hefty fee in any exchange deal involving the pair.
The deal works out pretty well for everybody involved. Atleti seem resigned to losing Falcao anyway. They would receive a big transfer and a striker with something to prove and hopefully a renewed passion.
Falcao would get a big move and Chelsea would get the world-class striker their team is so desperately crying out for.
I have felt sorry for Fernando Torres in his time at Chelsea. Nothing seems to have worked for the Spaniard. If Torres does return to Madrid in the summer hopefully fans of La Liga will see glimpses of the Torres of old and he can recapture the form that made him one of the world’s most fierce strikers.
Would Torres/Falcao swap deal be ideal for everyone?