Premier League - Paper Round: Torres demanding staggering Chelsea pay off

Chelsea will have to stump up a staggering amount of money to rid themselves of Fernando Torres; Manchester United are about to break the bank to sign Di Maria; Juventus are set to swoop for Lukas Podolski and Liverpool face competition from an Italian club for the services or Radamel Falcao.

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Chelsea will have to fork out a fortune to get rid Torres: Fernando Torres will only leave Chelsea if they pay up his contract in full, reports the Sun. Torres, 30, has two years left on his deal but will not take a pay cut to leave the London club. He is currently on £170,000-a-week – which equates to £8.5million per season. Roma are said to be interested in his services but his wages are well above their wage structure. Chelsea could loan the former Liverpool man out for the year and look to sell him next season – but this would be reliant on Chelsea subsidising part of his wages during this period. A club source told the Sun: “The club faces a conundrum with Torres. They know that he will not take a pay cut but also know that they risk his value plummeting further if they keep him and he spends the season as third choice behind Diego Costa and Didier Drogba.”

Paper Round’s view: Of the options available to Chelsea, the loan option seems the least likely. If they were to allow Torres out on loan then they would surely have to sign another striker. Therefore, they would be paying part of Torres’ wages, a transfer fee for a new player and his wages – this would make very little sense from a Financial Fair Play point of view. In addition, Torres, while not the goalscoring beast of old, is not a bad third choice striker by any means. If they have so little faith in the Spaniard that they do not even want him as a third striker, then they should just pay off his contract and be done with it.

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Staggering Di Maria cost revealed: Manchester United are set to spend an incredible £72million to secure the services of Angel di Maria, reports the Daily Mirror. United are set to pay £60million up front with another £12million in possible add-ons. In addition to the remarkable fee, United look set to give the Argentine player £190,000-a-week in wages.

Paper Round’s view: Di Maria is an exceptional talent but it does feel like United are slightly paying over the odds for the former Benfica player. United appear desperate to sign a marquee player – and will go to any lengths to secure the services of one, which includes, it appears, paying such a staggering sum for the Argentine international. He is good but not £72million good.

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Juventus set to swoop for Lukas Podolski: Juventus are considering making a loan move for Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski, reports the Daily Telegraph. The Italian champions would like to take the German international on loan with a view to a permanent switch but Arsenal are said to favour a straight cash deal. Podolski is open to the move as he looks for first team football.

Paper Round’s view: While Podolski is far from first choice at the Emirates, it would be remiss of Arsene Wenger to let the former Bayern Munich player leave without having signed up a replacement. For Juventus and Podolski, the move makes sense – the 29-year-old will most likely get the first team football he craves and Juventus get an international class striker. However, Juventus’s preference for a loan deal could scupper the move.

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Liverpool to decide on Falcao switch: Liverpool need to decide whether to firm up their interest in Radamel Falcao with a bid as Juventus are set to pounce for the Colombia international, reports the Daily Star. Brendan Rodgers is still in the market for a striker despite having almost certainly completed a move for Mario Balotelli. Liverpool had set their sights on either Falcao or Samuel Eto’o in addition to Balotelli but Eto’o prohibitive wage demands looks to have scuppered that move. However, their pursuit of Falcao could also prove unsuccessful with Juventus ready to make a loan move for the Colombia international.

Paper Round’s view: It is well documented that Falcao’s destination of choice is Real Madrid. However, that move looks unlikely this summer but a year-long loan remains a possibility with Monaco willing to let their star man go. Liverpool must get the Balotelli deal done as quickly as possible and then turn their attentions to Falcao. Whether the Colombian favours a move to the Premier League over Serie A remains to be seen, but it almost certain that any move would be a stepping stone to a switch to Real Madrid next summer.

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