Is he returning to Madrid?
Some will cheer. The fan girls will cry. Mixed reactions may occur from Chelsea fans because news was broken recently that Atletico Madrid (a.k.a. FC Falcao) are lining up a bid to bring Fernando Torres back to the capital of Spain. Despite having his best season in Blue, Torres still doesn’t look a happy guy and a large section of the Chelsea fans think it is time for him to go.
Before you start celebrating/crying about Torres’ departure there are a few things that need to be mentioned.
Atletico Madrid are struggling financially, really struggling. Their situation is similar to Valencia’s a few years back when they were forced to sell David Villa, David Silva, Jordi Alba and the exceptional Juan Mata. They don’t really have the financial ability to make a big money offer so the deal is said to initially be a loan whilst Atletico raise funds to buy their former captain.
Atletico also have a superior striker in Falcao so he may struggle for game time at Madrid and go back to his sulky and stomach-bugged ways, further decreasing his value and increasing the embarrassment.
The main issue with this ‘deal’ is that it was reported by the Metro – free English paper for those who don’t know – and I fail to see any sources they have for their story. It does seem that the only evidence they have is that at some point Blondie has said he’d like to return to Atletico.
Coupled with Guillem Balague’s news earlier on in the week about the Atletico Madrid president being in London and you might have a case for believing this story. Then again, his stories haven’t been the most reliable in the last few years.
All in all, for some of us, it seems a decent deal because we can get rid of a striker who has been a disappointment since his bizarre £50 million move from Liverpool. Many of us see a Torres-Falcao-£30million exchange deal a possibility in the summer and so this news will bring great joy to you, but whatever you do, do not take this story as fact. It may well turn out to be true and that is the whole fun of transfer windows but at the moment, a sourceless transfer report isn’t something to believe. Treat Torres rumours with caution.
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