Ibra or Torres, who is the wiser investment?

Every summer there is plenty of transfer rumours banding around and lately there have been links between Chelsea and two high profile strikers. Allegedly Zlatan Ibrahimovic has spoken to Carlo Ancelotti as the pair are both in Miami on holiday and other reports have suggested that the Blues will table a huge offer for Liverpool’s Fernando Torres. Hypothetically speaking, which of the two would provide the better investment?

The obvious answer is Torres as he’s two years younger than Ibrahimovic at 26 year of age and he’s proven in the Premier League, with a good goal scoring record at Anfield. However, the Barcelona forward has come under some harsh criticism from the Spanish press during his time at the Nou Camp and the 28-year-old Swede’s services could be attained at a considerably cheaper price.

Many think that Ibra (also a target for Manchester City) is somewhat misunderstood and he’s body language gives of negative connotations, much like Dimitar Berbatov or Didier Drogba at times. But he has a great goal scoring record and was once described by his former manager Jose Mourinho as the ‘best player in the world’ (probably for motivational reasons, but he still rated him). The claims of him having a poor season in La Liga are overstated in my opinions as he has scored 21 goals in 41 games and has laid on 10 assists for his team mates, not bad for a debut season in Spain.

But it was at Inter Milan that the Sweden international made his name scoring 66 goals for the club in 116 appearances over three seasons racking up 28 assists. In the 2008/09 season his 25 Serie A goals made him the Capocannoniere (Italian top goal scorer) and earned him a lucrative cash + player (Samuel Eto’o) to Barcelona. After being marginalised at the L’equip blaugrana it looks as though they may want to sell the player.

His agent Mino Raiola caused a stir when he said: “If you don’t play a footballer after spending €65 million, then you should be sent to a mental hospital. English football may be an option for him [Ibrahimovic], it would be a good test.

“Everything depends on Barcelona. At the moment his future lies here.”

…apparently he doesn’t like the English rain though.

As for Torres, he would be welcome at Stamford Bridge according to Drogba and Ancelotti. Reports suggest that Roman Abramovich may capitalise on the turmoil at Liverpool following the departure of Rafael Benitez and step up their attempts to sign Torres for a would be British record £50 million, but other reports suggest he could cost up to £75 million. Manchester City are also in for the player and he is said to be uninterested in their money as unlike Chelsea they do not play in the Champions League, a competition that Abramovich wants to win desperately.

A player of the Spaniard’s quality could take Chelsea on to the next step and become champions of Europe and he has a great record in England scoring 72 goals in 116 at Liverpool.

The Chelsea fans would definitely prefer to have Torres over Ibra, but some do not fancy giving Liverpool £50-75m to rebuild their struggling squad. Speaking to other fans on 606 they seem to be dead against a move for the Barcelona man (being labelled a flop hasn’t helped his cause) as they consider him to be incompatible with Drogba. Should Chelsea sign another striker it would be a pretty big indication that Ancelotti will revert to his preferred 442 diamond formation, or a version of it. But in my opinion they would also desperately need to sign a playmaker (Kaka? Rafael van der Vaart?) for such a formation to work and perhaps a right-sided midfielder to balance out what Florent Malouda offers down the left flank.

…but these are but rumours and as yet have no truth in them. Who would the fans like to see in the blue of Chelsea for the 2010/11 season? Who could be the man to take them the next step off the back of an impressive Premier League and FA Cup double winning campaign?

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