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Michy Batshuayi and Fernando Torres - What do they have in common? Find out here.

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Michy Batshuayi signed for Chelsea for £33m last summer after an impressive season with Marseille and Euro 2016 with Belgium. Eight months on and it looks as though the striker is on his way out of the club having failed to impress here.

When we think of successful strikers in the Premier League we think of those who scored goals on a regular basis, those that come up with magical moments that could turn games on their head and those who took our game to new exciting levels.

Fantastic Drogba, Torres and Willian Animations by @feroze17

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REPORTS: DROGBA TO RETURN AND TORRES TO BE SOLD!

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If reports are to be believed in the last 24 hours, Didier Drogba is to sign a one-year contract this week to return to Chelsea as Atletico Madrid are looking to re-sign Fernando Torres!

According to L'Equipe, Drogba will sign the playing contract with the promise of a coaching role alongside Jose Mourinho once he decides to formally retire from playing.

Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres - "I felt lost at Chelsea."

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This weekend, Fernando Torres will be hoping to lead the line with Atletico Madrid as they take on Real Madrid in the Champions League Final in a repeat of the final two years ago. Having won it already with Chelsea, Torres was quick to point out that winning this one would mean so much more.

Torres the most overrated player in Spanish football?

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Torres the most overrated player in Spanish football? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Want to sell a football 'autobiography'? Then provocation and controversy are your best friends. That's certainly the attitude of the people behind Jerzy Dudek's offering; according to Dudek, during his time as Real Madrid's no.

TORRES: AC Milan to terminate loan - to be offered for FREE elsewhere??

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Reports have emerged in recent days that AC Milan have become frustrated with Fernando Torres' inconsistent performances and are prepared to terminate his two year loan deal. As a result Torres would return to Chelsea but what happens to him then?

It's important to stipulate that these are only rumours at the moment and nothing has been confirmed by either club.

A QUESTION: Was Fernando Torres treated badly at Chelsea?

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Since his two-year loan move to AC Milan, there has been plenty of opinion of his time here. A quote that he come out of Milan has annoyed me to the point that I want to ask the opinion of the football fan reading this post, to see if you agree.

I have written my own idea as to why things never really worked out for Torres at Chelsea in a detailed post here (so check it out!

Fernando Torres All 45 goals for Chelsea FC 2010-2014 HD

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REPORT: AC Milan identify Fernando Torres as PRIME target.

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According to reports from Italy, AC Milan have identified Fernando Torres as their prime transfer target in the next seven days after selling Mario Balotelli to Liverpool. Do we think he will leave?

Expect transfer rumours and reports to go through the roof as they normally do at this time of the season as I fully expect Torres, Cech, Mikel and Van Ginkel all to be linked with moves away as Chelsea still have one foreign player over their current quota for the season.

CHELSEA'S FORGOTTEN MAN - FERNANDO TORRES.

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With all the focus on Diego Costa this season and the return of Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres seems to be the forgotten man at Chelsea. With the pressure off of him now, could Torres finally shine?

As each season passes, Torres' situation at the club just doesn't seem to improve does it and we have had plenty of rumour and speculation surrounding his future throughout the summer.

Torres has a message for Jose Mourinho.

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Fernando Torres is featured heavily today in the media after an interview was published in France. In that interview he re-iterates his desire to work hard to prove to Jose Mourinho that he could be the main man once again.

Everyone has their opinion on Torres. I have backed Torres to the hilt for the most part of his time at Chelsea but there was a turning point during the course of last season.

Jose Mourinho believes this striker WILL stay at Chelsea!

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Much has been said of the future of Fernando Torres this season and especially on this blog. With the manager openly slating our current strike force on more than one occasion, it seemed that Torres was likely to leave this summer. In a surprising change of tact, Jose Mourinho has stated that he believes Torres will stay at Chelsea next season.

REPORTS: Torres linked with Italy move!

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Fernando Torres' Chelsea future is always up for debate and this morning it has taken another twist with Corriere dello Sport reporting that Inter Milan are looking to secure a season long loan for the Spaniard with a view to signing him on a permanent deal for just £10m this time next year!

Be prepared Chelsea fans for the next few weeks.

Five strikers who could solve Chelsea’s forward dilemma

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Five strikers who could solve Chelsea's forward dilemma - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Over the course of this season Chelsea's midfield has done a sterling job of covering up for the fact that their strike force has woefully under-performed.

Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o have managed to muster just 16 goals in the Premier League between them, a figure that Liverpool's Luis Suarez has achieved almost twice over single-handedly.

IN DEMAND: Fernando Torres is a wanted man!

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The Chelsea future of Fernando Torres is unclear. Despite the player stating that he wants to stay and fight for his future here under Jose Mourinho, the press still believe that he could be on his way at the end of the season.

In the past few days, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan have confirmed their interest in signing Torres if Jose Mourinho decided to sell him this summer.

Can you hear Mourinho's drums Fernando?

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As you would have seen and read almost everywhere over the last couple of days, the future of Fernando Torres is under increased scrutiny. This afternoon in his pre match press conference, Jose Mourinho backed his man for the remaining games of the season.

When asked of Torres, speculation of his future and if he still has a future at Stamford Bridge beyond this season, Mourinho said:

"Yes, he has a future.

Done Deal? Inter Milan Agree Loan Move for Chelsea FLOP

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Done Deal? Inter Milan Agree Loan Move for Chelsea FLOP - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Inter Milan have identified Chelsea striker Fernando Torres as their top target for the summer transfer window and reportedly, both clubs have agreed for a move of the striker.

Italian sports daily Tuttosport has reported today that Inter got a green signal a week ago from Chelsea for the loan of the player and now the deal has moved on to another level.

REPORT: ONE WAY OR ANOTHER - TORRES TO LEAVE CHELSEA?

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Jose Mourinho has had enough if reports are to be believed. He has constantly bemoaned his strike force towards the latter stages of the season and it seems that he had decided that one way or another, Fernando Torres will leave Chelsea.

We have seen with the Juan Mata situation that Jose Mourinho looks at the players HE wants at this club and he doesn't care for sentiment.

Chelsea striker linked with a return to Spain - Makeweight in Costa deal?

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Chelsea fans would be used to checking the newspapers and various websites on a daily basis to see the latest rumour and speculation. This morning, Fernando Torres is being linked with a move "home".

Ever since Torres made his move to Stamford Bridge, there has been rumour and speculation purely and simply because of two reasons.

REPORT: January bid for Costa turned down - Torres used as bait in the Summer?

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According to reports in Spain, Chelsea failed with a bid to sign Diego Costa last month. This summer, Chelsea are preparing to offer £20m plus Fernando Torres to get the deal done!

Once again I have to emphasise that these are only reports and could have little substance whatsoever but let's just think about it as if it does for the time being, could you see something like this happening?

MOURINHO ON TORRES: "He is doing what we want him to do".

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Sitting watching the game against Hull on Saturday, you couldn't help but think that once again Fernando Torres was having a game of little involvement in the final third. Late on, Torres picked the ball up and made a goal from nothing which was just reward.

Have a look for yourselves.

Colorado Rapids

Torres No Longer A Designated Player

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According to the Denver Post, who got confirmation from MLS, under the new roster rules that came out of the new MLS CBA Gabriel Torres is no longer a Designated Player. Torres was not a DP due to his salary ($262K last season) but due to the combination of his salary and his transfer fee (which is split up evenly over the length of the contract).

Mwanga Loaned To Cosmos, Hinchey Speaks

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  • Today the Rapids announced that Danny Mwanga has been loaned to the Cosmos until the end of the 2014 season, but the Rapids can recall him up to the roster freeze date on Sept. 15th.

Probably a good move for all involved. Mwanga clearly isn't working out in Colorado and I'm not sure he has MLS talent anymore.

What's Going On With Torres?

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A lot of news and rumors have been swirling around Torres over the last few days. Let's review the timeline and see what, if anything, we really "know":

On Friday night Bianchi tweets the following:
Torres away with Panamanian team on special fitness program, I'm told. Turn off the alarm, put away the tinfoil hats.

Torres To Be Shut Down For Conditioning

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The Rapids are now announcing that Gabriel Torres is being shut down for strength and conditioning work, with the goal of working him back into the first team fro the June 7th match in Dallas and the U.S. Open Cup match the week after before the World Cup break. The report is that he has significant muscle damage in his legs due to his play over the last few month, and reportedly that's why he's had the slow start.

Torres Not Available Tonight

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Last night MLSSoccer.com's Chris Bianchi tweeted the following:
Torres away with Panamanian team on special fitness program, I'm told. Turn off the alarm, put away the tinfoil hats. Myself included.
(The tinfoil hats are a reference to an earlier tweet about Torres not travelling and not practicing on Wednesday)

This explanation seems to have calmed down Bianchi but it certainly raised my eyebrows!

I Find Our Lack Of Firepower Disturbing

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6 games in:
Deshorn Brown: 448 minutes, 18 shots, 6 shots on goal, 1 goal
Edson Buddle: 341 minutes, 9 shots, 3 shots on goal, 1 goal
Gabriel Torres: 241 minutes, 4 shots, 0 shots on goal, 0 goals
Combined: 1030 minutes, 31 shots, 9 shots on goal, 2 goals

If the Rapids had 2 strikers on the field at all times it would be 1080 minutes, so essentially our top 3 strikers have combined for all that time.

Major League Soccer

Cubo Cut Down

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I'm not really referring to how Erick "Cubo" Torres went down in the box - it's more about how the president of Guadalajara, Nestor de la Torre, reacted.



Néstor de la Torre, desnudado. Así se refiere a sus jugadores como el 'Cubo' Torres y al arbitraje.

Chivas USA extend Torres loan for remainder of season

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By TIM FONTENAULT

In-form Mexican striker Erick "Cubo" Torres will remain with Chivas USA on loan from Chivas de Guadalajara for the remainder of the season with the option to purchase, the club announced Tuesday afternoon.

Torres ranks third among all scorers in Major League Soccer this season with nine goals for the Goats.

Opinion

TORRES LEAVES - HIS AND OUR NIGHTMARE IS OFFICIALLY OVER.

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We have woken to news confirmed on the Chelsea Website that Fernando Torres will make his two-year loan to AC Milan and permanent deal on January 5th. It's believed that he will then sign for Atletico Madrid on loan for the remainder of the season.

First and foremost good luck to him.

TORRES: Chelsea were NEVER going to get the best out of him.

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Tonight, after weeks of speculation, Chelsea finally announced that Fernando Torres' Chelsea career was over and a two year loan arrangement had been agreed with AC Milan. The move puts an end to a spell for Torres at Chelsea that simply never ever worked out.
I want to start my piece by saying on record, that I CANNOT condone or understand these idiots on Social Media who are taking this opportunity to disrespect the player himself.

Can Chelsea’s strikers challenge for the Golden Boot?

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Nobody, not even manager Jose Mourinho can accuse Chelsea of being a team without a striker in 2014-15 as the club looks to address the issues that hampered the title challenge last season. After two games, new signing Diego Costa has scored twice to take the team to second place in an admittedly early table but already the Spaniard looks to have completed the squad and given us a more tangible threat in the campaign that lies ahead.

Five more players for Chelsea to offload this summer

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With Demba Ba, Samuel Eto'o Frank Lampard and David Luiz among the names to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, Jose Mourinho is already working to slim down the squad to balance out the new arrivals. However, we can expect more ‘pruning' before the campaign starts but who are the men most likely to be sold ahead of the big kick off?

Arsenal

Arsenal set to lose Loic Remy to Chelsea

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There are reports this morning that Arsenal are attempting to hijack Chelsea's move for the French striker Loic Remy, but we all know that Arsene Wenger had three months to meet the Frenchman's buy-out clause of just 8.5million but has only now decided to take action after Olivier Giroud was ruled out for the next [.

Arsenal Fans can give up – Chelsea SIGN Fabregas!

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Well that didn't take long did it! It seems that the rumours are true that Arsenal have refused to take advantage of their buy-back clause for Cesc Fabregas, and Jose-Bloody-Mourinho has jumped in and snapped him up for £30m plus add-ons depending on trophies won by Chelsea. The Star (via Marca in Spain) reports that [.

The Rest

García and Torres to miss Vancouver Match

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With international duties for both Boniek and Cubo, the players will miss Dynamo's upcoming match against Vancouver on March 26

Announced on March 17, Dynamo midfielder Boniek García and forward Erick "Cubo" Torres have both been called up for international duty with matches to take place between March 25 and March 29 for each of their respective national teams.

WHAT A GAME:LIVERPOOL 4-0 REAL MADRID. 2009

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One of my favourite memories as a Liverpool fan at Anfield has to be the total destruction of Real Madrid in the Champion's League knock-out stages back in 2009.

Under then Manager, Rafael Benitez, Liverpool produced a magnificent performance to reach the Champions League quarter-finals in style.

Galliani confirms interest in Chelsea duo.

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Following on from reports that surfaced in recent days that Fernando Torres and Marco Van Ginkel are targets for the Italian giants, AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has confirmed they ARE players they want.

Speaking on the Italian's TV Channel, Galliani said:

"Our goal is to take a great striker.

John Terry posts group Photo on Social Media tonight.

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John Terry has posted one of the best group photos I have seen for a while tonight on his Instagram account showing the lads sitting down, preparing for dinner on the first night of their pre season tour in Europe.

Everything looks quite cosy doesn't it especially with the newbie's all smiling and happy and it's really good to see!

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jose Torres might have been snubbed from the most recent U.S. Men's National Team roster, but he is doing everything in his power to make sure Jurgen Klinsmann takes notice of him.

Torres scored his third goal in Tigres UANL's last six matches across all competitions on Saturday, netting his latest beauty in a 2-1 defeat to Toluca.