Chelsea Transfer Rumors: Fernando Torres, Radamel Falcao In Player-Swap Deal?
Chelsea are in line to be involved in a remarkable swap-deal including Radamel Falcao and Fernando Torres. The Daily Mail Saturday claim the stage has been set for the swap after comments made by Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone.
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"Right now Fernando's playing for another team and we will have to wait until the end of the season, and we have to decide which players could come here," Simeono told Spanish Radio station Onda Cero, adding, "Fernando knows the history of Atletico Madrid, he knows what it means to play for this club. I don't need to speak about his ability as we were team-mates. I know how important he can be."
Simeono was coy when asked about the possibility of Torres rejoining.
'It's complicated," he continued, "I wouldn't like to say yes or no. He's a player who always performs and we have to respect his choice."
The recent comments follow Simeone saying on Friday that it likely Falcao will leave the club.
The deal would see Torres plus cash going to Atletico and Falcao coming the other way. With Torres reported to be valued at £10 million and Falcao's buy-out clause at £48million, the deal should allow Simeone to invest in other areas of the squad.
Torres, born in Madrid, played for Atletico as a youth and in his early career. The Spaniard signed for Liverpool in July 2007, at a point in his career when he was captain of his boyhood club Athletico. Following his £50-million move to Chelsea, the striker has not lived up to expectation, looking a shadow of the player he was at Spain and Mersyside. Perhaps, for Torres, a move back to Madrid could reinvigorate his career, allowing him to put his difficult time in London behind him.
Atletico, to whom losing Falcao has become an inevitability, would find a deal involving a replacement far more attractive. Moreover, a replacement who is a local Madrid player and lifelong Atletico supporter should go down well with the fans.
All-in-all such a transfer would seem logical to both clubs. Chelsea get at least £10 million docked off the Falcao fee while being able to offload one of their misfiring players. Atletico would not only receive a striker, who was previously one of the best in Europe, but also recoup a transfer fee in excess of £30 million.