Inter Milan have denied rumours that they are looking to sign Fernando Torres in the summer. The Italian outfit have been in constant decline since the exit of Jose Mourinho in 2010. The club have been without both forms of European football this season. Even though they look on close to returning to the Europa league next season, it has been a very bad few years for the club that has won the Champions League twice in its history. The arrival of new owners this season has made Inter Milan look at various transfer targets including Torres.
The Chelsea striker has struggled for form since moving to West London. He was one of the best strikers in the world for a three-year period at Liverpool. He scored almost a goal per game in the league and it helped Liverpool go close to the top of the table in the 2009 season. However, a poor return of just under 20 goals in more than 100 league appearances for the blues has seen him linked to several jobs across Europe. Chelsea appeared to have made it a priority to sign a top class centre forward in the summer.
There have been rumours about a possible swap deal with Atletico Madrid, who have Diego Costa. Meanwhile, Inter president Erick Thohir has rejected rumours linking the Italian outfit with a moves for Torres. Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “At the end of the season we will evaluate everything, both the young players and the more experienced ones. We want to build a strong squad for the future with a view not just to next season but to the next three. I think he Hernandez is a good player. But we haven’t spoken to either him or Fernando Torres.”
Torres would cost in the region of £ 25 million.
There are some players in the Chelsea squad that Jose Mourinho is not taking into much consideration and Ashley Cole is one of them. The English defender has only managed to make 13 appearances for Chelsea in this season as he has fallen behind the pecking order in the team.
Cesar Azpilicueta is the preferred choice of Jose Mourinho which has left Ashley Cole’s future out in doubt. Cole has a contract with Chelsea that ends at the end of the current season and it remains doubtful if there will be any chance for him to extend his stay with the Premier League club.
The problem not only relies on the fact that his contract ends at the end of the current campaign but the chance for Ashley Cole to play in the upcoming 2014 World Cup is also uncertain as he faced competition for his place in Roy Hodgson’s starting lineup of England.
Leighton Baines, Kieran Gibbs and Luke Shaw all are players that also want to be featured and taken into consideration for the head coach of England, Roy Hodgson.
“I don’t know. I’m happy with the way Azpilicueta is performing. I cannot think of national teams at the same time as thinking about my team. There are national team managers that are very clear: they go with their players. It doesn’t matter if their players are playing in the club, if they are not playing, they go with their players. All these years as a club manager, I found lots of them like this.” said Mourinho.
Those were the words that Jose Mourinho utilized when he was asked if Ashley Cole was going to play a more vital role for Chelsea in the upcoming few months.
Fernando Torres may be struggling for form since his move to Chelsea, but he remains one of the great players to have played for Atletico Madrid in recent decades. It is not surprising to see Torres captain the Spanish club at a very early age. He has also been an inspiration to several youngsters from the youth academy. Midfielder Koke, who has developed into a fine player from the youth team, says that Torres has been an inspiration to all of the Atletico Madrid youngsters.
Koke has been in fine form for Atletico this campaign and it has been a major reason towards their title. There are currently level on points with Barcelona, while also having a couple of points advantage over archrivals Real Madrid. Torres became a professional with Atletico in the 2001 season. He stayed with the club for six years before moving to Liverpool in a £ 27 million deal in 2007. During this period, he had racked up 214 appearances and scored 82 goals for the Spanish club. He has always stated that he would one day like to return to Atletico Madrid, a club that he supported as a boy.
Koke is currently linked with a move to the Premier league like his boyhood hero.
“Torres is a great example for everyone. Everything he’s gone on to achieve fills young players at Atlético with pride. We use him as an example so we can try to achieve our own dreams, both with Atlético and with the national side. I’m doing everything that I can to keep the technical staff happy, and obviously to try and go to Brazil with the national side next summer. I only played three minutes in the final [of the Europa League], but I was really excited to have helped my team win a title,” said Koke about Torres.