Fiorentina Play Down Link To Chelsea ace

Fernando Torres Chelsea striker

Fiorentina have distanced themselves from reports the Italian club are set to bid for Chelsea striker Fernando Torres this summer, as reported by Sky Sports.

The Spanish striker, despite being the butt of many jokes, has found some form this season to silence plenty of critics but the Blues may still look to sell him on in the summer.

With Romelu Lukaku returning from an extremely successful spell on loan at West Brom and Radamel Falcao reportedly on his way to Stamford Bridge this summer, Torres’ place in the first team is sure to be in doubt.

A new manager will have his own ideas in West London and so any transfer speculation is just that until the new man is announced, but Fiorentina have felt the need to distance themselves from a move for the striker.

“If these big names are linked to Fiorentina, it means that we are considered a great team,” Sporting Director Daniele Prade said.

But some players right now are outside of the parameters of Italian football, especially in regard to wages.”

Fiorentina’s technical director Eduardo Macia is a fan of Torres but isn’t sure whether he will be an option for the Italian club.

“He is a symbol. He is a player on a par with excellence, the one who plays only to winm” Macia told Corriere dello Sport.

“He is a killer in the area and at Liverpool, with (Steven) Gerrard, they built a goal machine.”

“Here there is a different project now.”

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