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Monday, 25 August 2014

Chelsea In Trouble With Fernando Torres!

Chelsea will have to fork out a fortune to get rid Torres: Fernando Torres will only leave Chelsea if they pay up his contract in full, reports the Sun. Torres, 30, has two years left on his deal but will not take a pay cut to leave the London club. He is currently on £170,000-a-week – which equates to £8.5million per season. Roma are said to be interested in his services but his wages are well above their wage structure. Chelsea could loan the former Liverpool man out for the year and look to sell him next season – but this would be reliant on Chelsea subsidising part of his wages during this period. A club source told the Sun: “The club faces a conundrum with Torres. They know that he will not take a pay cut but also know that they risk his value plummeting further if they keep him and he spends the season as third choice behind Diego Costa and Didier Drogba.”

Paper Round’s view: Of the options available to Chelsea, the loan option seems the least likely. If they were to allow Torres out on loan then they would surely have to sign another striker. Therefore, they would be paying part of Torres’ wages, a transfer fee for a new player and his wages – this would make very little sense from a Financial Fair Play point of view. In addition, Torres, while not the goalscoring beast of old, is not a bad third choice striker by any means. If they have so little faith in the Spaniard that they do not even want him as a third striker, then they should just pay off his contract and be done with it.

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