By Ollie Irish
Either Fernando Torres stays at Liverpool this season or he goes to Man City. Those are the only two options he has, as far as I can see. He’s not fully fit, he was crap at the World Cup, he’s notoriously fragile… who else but City have the funds to take a chance on him?
Today, Roberto Mancini admitted his interest in Torres (with his bosses, Mancini is interested in everybody):
“Torres is one of the best strikers in Europe and is already playing in the Premier League for three years and knows it very well. But it depends on his situation, his price and whether he wants to come,” City’s boss said.
In terms of personal upheaval, Torres and his family would not be perturbed by a move to City. They probably wouldn’t have to move at all. And if, as Roy Hodgson claims, Torres still has a ‘beef’ with Liverpool, you wouldn’t blame the Spaniard for jumping ship – he’d be going from a patched-up dinghy to a luxury yacht, after all.
The sticking point lies in Nando’s current market value. Liverpool value him at around £50-60m (a fit Torres is worth this), City might be prepared to go as high as £40-45m for a 26-year-old striker who should not be written off.
Anyway, watch this space.
How much do you think Torres is worth? And what do you make of Mancini’s quotes?