Chelsea striker rumors gain ground as papers claim Costa in, Torres out
While these rumors have been tossed around for some time, both are gaining steam of late.
The Metro has claimed Chelsea are on the verge of signing Atletico Madrid star Diego Costa, while Inter have thrown their name in the hat for Fernando Torres.
Inter general director Marco Fassone has admitted the club is interested in signing Chelsea’s wayward Spaniard.
“He is one of the names that interest us,” Fassone told Italian station Radio Deejay. “Our President Erick Thohir admitted as much in recent days.”
In fact, Thohir has been incredibly inconsistent with his stance on Torres. In early March, Thohir claimed, “We haven’t spoken to...Fernando Torres.”
Then later that month the Indonesian turned around, saying “I heard the names of Torres, Morata and Dzeko. It’s possible that one of them will come in.”
Now, it would appear more than just the owner have thrown his name around, and Chelsea would be happy to offload him if the right replacement were to come in. That replacement could be in the form of Diego Costa.
The fellow Spanish striker has been rumored to be on Chelsea’s radar for months, but now Metro claims the two clubs have agreed to a whopping $83.6 million deal, which would equal the Torres signing from Liverpool.
Yesterday, we passed on a Spanish report that Chelsea agreed to trigger Costa’s release clause, and the amount coincides with the report in the Metro.
The two clubs will clash in the Champions League semifinal, but apparently Jose Mourinho is already convinced the 34-goal man is right for the job. Torres has seriously struggled during his time at Chelsea, and Costa’s tally this season is just nine fewer than Torres’s entire Chelsea career.
Costa is currently dealing with nasty a gashed leg and is a question mark for the Champions League clash, but recent reports indicate he will play.
With Inter clinging to a Europa League place next season, the deals could likely hinge on whether they can secure that spot, with Torres unlikely to give up playing in Europe altogether even for a high-profile club.
The Milan club is currently in fifth position in the Serie A table, with sixth the lowest Europa League spot. They are two points above sixth-placed Parma and five above Torino in seventh with five matches to go. Champions League is not an option, with third-placed Napoli a whopping 14 points ahead.