Could Fernando Torres be staying at Chelsea after all? bwin now go odds-on for the former Liverpool man to still be at Stamford Bridge after the close of the summer transfer window after reports suggested that new Blues boss Jose Mourinho is set to disappoint Napoli, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona by keeping the striker at the club.
The most expensive player in British football history has endured a hard time of it since his £50 million move from Liverpool on the last day of the January 2011 transfer window, and it was initially thought that Mourinho would look to cut the club’s losses after a difficult two-and-a-half years.
Torres has scored just 15 Premier League goals during his spell in west London and with Chelsea’s high-profile search for a world-class striker ongoing, it was believed that the 29-year-old would be on his way this summer.
Chelsea have been heavily linked with moves for the likes of PSG-bound Edinson Cavani, Zenit star Hulk, Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic, Dortmund hitman Robert Lewandowski, wantaway Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney.
But reports this morning suggest that Mourinho, who took charge of the Blues for a second time last month, has personally called Torres to assure him that, even if there are no guarantees of a place in the starting 11 and Chelsea remain on the lookout for a top striker, he has a future at the club.
It has made bwin go as short as 2/5 that Torres is still at Chelsea after September 3rd.
Napoli, managed by his two-time boss Rafael Benitez, are the 4/1 favourites to be the Spain international’s next club, with Barcelona, who were linked with last month, a 5/1 shot. A return to his former club Atletico Madrid is a 7/1 chance.
It is 16/1 and bigger that Torres ends up anywhere else this summer.