What would selling or loaning Fernando Torres out mean for Chelsea?

Fernando Torres is apparently in talks with AC Milan regarding a move away from Stamford Bridge. Signed in 2011, the forward has been a total failure of a signing. Torres cost £50 million and is reportedly on wages of around £175,000 per week. Yet, in three and a half seasons with the club he managed to score a dismal 20 goals in 110 Premier League games.

Chelsea have been trying to shift him for at least a year now but have had no joy. Overseas clubs appeared to be put off by his huge wages and the fact that he is a relative risk, given his poor form for Chelsea. That being said he has a better record in Europe which might encourage potential buyers, having scored 17 in 40 European games, albeit 9 of those goals came in the Europa League.

If moving on Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard marked a new dawn, then losing Fernando Torres would be even more symbolic as to how far Chelsea want to move on. A player that they couldn’t shift, despite their desperate attempts. A true failure of a signing that epitomizes Roman Abramovich’s transfer meddling and how many problems they can cause. Since then, most significantly, Abramovich doesn’t appear to have meddled in the transfer policy of Chelsea. This has been left to directors of football and now Jose Mourinho in conjunction with a director. It seems like Abramovich might have acknowledged his failure and learnt from it.

Letting Torres go will mark the end of an era in which Chelsea were plagued by a player that they could not move and that they could not get to produce. Torres was shot of confidence and was shot of quality. He was signed when he was struggling for fitness and was on the decline, despite scoring two fine goals at Anfield against Chelsea that season. He was simply never, ever, as good as Didier Drogba was. An all action monster of a forward. There have been so many terrible moments at Chelsea. That miss versus Manchester United for instance. So many false starts. He did though score a crucial goal in the Nou Camp, but prior to that goal he was more of a hindrance than a help to Chelsea in their bid to pull off the unthinkable.

Chelsea fans have apologised and excused Torres too often. So many times we have been told ‘he is back’ to the point that now if he gets an assist people jokingly tweet those three magic words. Torres though has never been back and won’t be in England. He needs a move. He needs a fresh start. At 30 he could well go to AC Milan, a slightly slower league and hit some goals. He could re-invent himself and make an impact in Europe. But, Chelsea will surely be glad to see the back of a player who signifies transfer failings.

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