The uncertain future of Fernando Torres – Will Liverpool’s main man jump ship?

Should I stay or should I go? This is the question that is now racing through Fernando Torres’ mind. Torres has yet to come out publicly and deny rumours of an exit from the Merseysiders and, even if his agent has, most Liverpool fans will want to hear directly from the Spanish maestro’s own mouth. The signs are encouraging, as Torres recently expressed his belief that Roy Hodgson will be the right man to give Liverpool the opportunity to be strong again”.

There will surely be interest from across the globe for the Spanish international forward, with Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti already declaring his interest in El Nino. Other interest has come from Manchester City and their mega-millions and La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid. This writer aims to examine what the options are for Liverpool’s number nine, and what he can expect from the various clubs vying for his signature.

Let’s start with his current employers Liverpool. Torres’ goal scoring record at the Reds is phenomenal and, if he stays, he will have the chance to obliterate the goal scoring records set by Anfield legends such as Ian Rush and Roger Hunt, a feat which would guarantee him a prominent position in Liverpool. The fans adore him and he produces the goods regularly for Liverpool. However, people believe that Liverpool is a sinking ship. With the ownership of the club still in disarray – despite the appointment of new club chairman, Martin Broughton – and the constant rumours surrounding the exit of Steven Gerrard, Torres will be under a considerable amount of pressure. If Gerrard goes, there is no doubt Torres will follow. Liverpool will just have to hope they can keep their golden couple together.

Torres might just fancy a move back to Spain, with twin suitors Barcelona and Real Madrid allegedly interested. Barcelona would offer the striker a stable base alongside recent new signing and Spanish strike partner David Villa and the guarantee of regular trophies on the domestic front and overseas. Real Madrid would offer the chance to play with one of the best footballers on the planet in Cristiano Ronaldo. One possible stumbling block is that Torres remains fiercely loyal to Atletico Madrid and whether he would be doing his first club wrong by moving to a rival Spanish club.

Switches to other Premier League teams are also viable options for Torres. Carlo Ancelotti has been a long-time admirer, he asserted as much as soon as rumours surfaced about Torres’ uncertain future. Ancelotti wants Torres as a linchpin alongside Didier Drogba to fire him to a second successive Premier League crown. One major problems with this switch would be the fact that Torres would have to compete for places with two top drawer strikers in Drogba and Nicolas Anelka. Would Torres be content with chopping and changing with those two? Or would he become frustrated and have his performances affected by the constant tinkering to accommodate other people?

The final option is Manchester City. With their pulling power being felt across the world by the signings of Yaya Toure and David Silva, they have the money to attract anybody. Torres would be paid millions a year and would link up with another Spanish team-mate in David Silva, not to mention his being the focal point of the side, something he relished at Los Rojiblancos. The negatives in this situation are whether Torres wants to play for a growing team that hasn’t fully established their dominance or does he want to wait it out, before moving to City when they are ready to: “take over the world”, as chief executive Garry Cook has boldly pronounced.

Everything is resting on Fernando’s shoulders now. Not only is he dealing with the pressure of his poor World Cup performances, he is dealing with the rumour mill turning and turning, quicker and quicker as the opening weekend of the Premier League season draws nearer. Torres needs to act on his thoughts and find where his heart truly lies.

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