According to The Mirror, Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres is keen on securing a return to the Premier League in January and Rafa Benitez is believed to be keen on making that a reality, with the story claiming the NUFC boss will make a move to be reunited with the 33-year old striker this winter.
A loan deal is mentioned by The Mirror, who state ‘Torres’s representatives have let his desire to leave Atletico on loan in January be known to Toon manager Rafa Benitez and Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino.’
First of all, despite our need for a striker and the clear link that exists between Benitez and Torres, this one has to be taken with a real pinch of salt.
Secondly, he has been a real bit-part player for Atletico in recent seasons, so even though his name and past achievements may excite a few fans, it’s highly debatable as to whether he’d be the answer to our problems up top.
Finally, as The Chronicle mentioned in reaction to this sensational rumours, his wages would be huge – suggesting this is only a deal that could go through if new owners were in place (Mike Ashley wouldn’t pay silly money on a 33-year-old!?)
10 years ago, Rafa was the man responsible for bringing the Spanish striker to Liverpool, with Torres turning out to be one of his greatest pieces of business boss and one of the top forwards in world football at the time – scoring 33 goals in his opening season at Anfield.
The pair then worked together once again at Chelsea and Torres has since returned to Atletico Madrid – but looks set to move on this winter, with the imminent arrival of Diego Costa set to put the ageing Spaniard further down the pecking order in their striking department.
One to take with a pinch of salt folks, but an interesting link nonetheless.