Chelsea fans were forced to watch a performance where Jose Mourinho’s side were dominated and outclassed by an immaculate Manchester City team on Saturday, knocking the West London club out of the FA Cup.
During the game the Chelsea manager introduced Fernando Torres in place of Ramires, however, the move didn’t go as well as first planned.
The striker had no shots on goal and kept giving away cheap free-kicks in areas where Manchester City weren’t causing any problems, and much to the frustration of Chelsea fans, the question must be asked, is it time Torres finally left Chelsea? If so, where next for ‘El Nino’?
A number of clubs have been short listed, but which is most suitable for the former Liverpool striker?
5. AS Roma
Roma sit second in Serie A and have had a great season so far this campaign and with Rudi Garcia as their boss, he is sure to get the Spaniard scoring again.
The Italian side have only lost one game this season in the league and are guaranteed Champions League football next season.
Garcia’s men also lack a poacher. Someone who is able to nick in to seal a goal. With no real goal scoring striker in their ranks, this like seems a dream move for the 29-year-old.
Napoli are another Italian club in contention to sign the striker. Sitting third in the league and recently beating Roma in the Coppa Del Italia, Napoli are a strong team with a strong attack and Torres would fit in perfectly alongside the talents of Gonzalo Higuain, Jose Callejon and Marek Hamsik.
Not only that, but the 29-year-old would be re-united with his former boss Rafa Benitez, a man who inspired Torres’s best form and gave him the support to become a clinical and deadly attacker.
The first Italian team on our list is Juventus. Sitting top of the league and having only lost one game, Juve are on fantastic form.
Having the talents of some of the best midfielders in the world behind him, along with one impressive manager in Antonio Conte, the Spaniard would surely make a good impression with the Italian side.
As the pictured line-up of Torres, Carlos Tevez, Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba, in the same team, would be full of strength, pure quality and a strong desire to win.
2. AS Monaco
As Monaco are second in the list and are another side who could offer Torres a fantastic deal.
The French team sit second in Ligue 1, having only lost two games his season and are in good form for Champions League football next season and they may need more quality going into the new campaign.
With Claudio Ranieri as their boss, Torres would be the perfect candidate looking to play alongside Radamel Falcao in a league where he is destined to score a fair amount of goals.
Also, Torres would be on jaw-dropping wages playing for a team who have playmaker qualities in the likes of James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho. Torres would be naïve to turn down a move of this calibre.
1. Atletico Madrid
Finally, at number one we have the Spaniard’s former club, Atletico Madrid. Atletico are having a great season so far, sitting on the same amount points as both Real Madrid and Barcelona, and have a close-knit bunch of players who have great attitudes to the game.
With Diego Simeone as their manager, Torres would flourish under the Argentinian and he may be the ideal replacement for the possible departure of Diego Costa.
Torres scored 82 goals in his five year spell at Atletico before joining Liverpool and still has a soft spot for the club that gave him his chance in professional football. So it would be a nice touch to return to his old club.
Also, with the likes of David Villa, Koke and Arda Turan in the team, the 29-year old is certain to make a good impression for the club that christened him ‘El Nino’.