Chelsea may have two players returning to Stamford Bridge this January with Marko Marin and Fernando Torres both reportedly coming back, earlier than scheduled.
Both the players were unable to perform up to the mark in the past and were loaned to Fiorentina and AC Milan respectively. Their performances in these loan moves to the Serie A sides were no better than their spell at Chelsea and were heavily criticised. With both the teams eyeing European competition next season, the need for reinforcements is expected. Termination of loan spell may generate extra funds they need in January.
Fernando Torres seems to be linked heavily with his boyhood club Atlético Madrid. According to Sky Sports and Guardian, El Nino will be making a loan move for 18 months and the deal may also include Alessio Cerci swap on loan to the Italian capital. Atletico Madrid are weighing up this move as Torres is available to play in Champions League and can serve as a decent backup plan to the Croatian goal machine Mario Mandzukic. Fernando Torres could play the role that David Villa played with Diego Costa.
Atletico Madrid President quoted:
“There is nothing to tell you about Torres. However, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be….”
In a press conference, German Burgos, Atletico Madrid Assistant Coach stated:
“A return for Torres? I don’t want to create misunderstandings. I’m just stating my opinion, but it would be wonderful.”
If rumours are to believed, Liverpool and Napoli also seem to be targeting the Spaniard, however Atlético Madrid are leading the chase and is the desired location of the striker. According to me, Torres should head back to Madrid and resurrect his career.
The other player whose loan deal might get shortened is Marko Marin. He joined Chelsea in 2012 along with Oscar and Eden Hazard. The German footballer has fallen way down the pecking order. Marin has served loan deals in Sevilla last season and Fiorentina this season. However, the talented midfielder has played only 4 matches in Europa League out of which he has started two and scored twice.
There hasn’t been many reports of Marin linked to any club, however, according to me, he could be sold to Werder Bremen, Borussia Monchengladbach or Sevilla for free. One another possibility could also be Mourinho keeping the striker as a backup to Oscar and Fabregas.
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Edited By: Harshal Ahire