Serie A side Fiorentina could release Fernando Torres from his Chelsea misery with a bid this summer, according to the Daily Express. The Spaniard has scored 15 goals in all competitions this season, yet doubts remain over his once incontestable ability.
It would be foolish to think that Roman Abramovich could recoup anywhere near the £50 million paid for Torres, and with Rafa Benitez’s future uncertain at Stamford Bridge, a move may suit all involved.
At 28, there is still reason to believe that the former Liverpool striker could rediscover past glories. The glimpses he has shown provide a glint of evidence that the ability is there, but the problem has been inconsistency.
Despite an upturn in performances and goals when Benitez took charge, Torres’ recent form of one goal in 11 games has failed to hide the fragility he carries with him onto the pitch. His omission from the Spain squad for the 3-2 friendly win against Uruguay was a further indication of this. Coach Vicente Del Bosque said:
Torres is one of our most experienced players at international level, but neither could we find a space for him now.”
Such a statement would have been absurd around the time of the 2008 European Championships, in which he scored the goal that clinched Spain’s first major tournament in 44 years. Sadly for club and country, Del Bosque’s decision was unsurprising.
Fiorentina’s interest comes after they signed former Manchester United forward Giuseppe Rossi in a deal that runs to 2016. La Viola are 6th in the league, three points behind Lazio in 3rd.