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Transfer Truth: The Truth on Torres to Arsenal

Posted on Jul 1st, 2013 by Jim Walker

Sunday's hot topic was the news that Arsenal were looking to shock the world, Fernando Torres and possibly themselves by signing the Spaniard who once cost £50m.

Torres: Transfer Truth: 20%
Stories surrounding El Nino's departure have been swilling around the bottom of the glass like warm beer ever since Mourinho arrived and Chelsea bagen being linked with ,Cavani, Rooney, Lewandowski and just about every other potentially available, release clause bearing striker in the world.

News broke on Sunday that the latest potential suitors for Torres could be Arsenal but we have been able to find no solid evidence at all that this is the case. The story appears to have broken first in super tabloid The Sunday People, and appears to have been derived on some unsubstantiated basis that Mourinho considers only 5 of his current squad as definite startes, of which Torres is not one.

Bad Press
Torres does get a bad press, largely due to the massive transfer fee Chelsea paid for him, which is still hanging around his neck. His form was decent last season and even if he still lacks regular league goals, he may be worth a punt for some teams. Having said that we can't think of any reason why Arsenal would be that team, if the Gunners are in the search for strikers in the £15m range that aren't going to score regularly and miss a lot of chances they can look closer to home, Gervinho, Giroud and Bendtner already perform those functions adequately at The Emirates so there is no logic that would imply Wenger is looking to appease the hungry Arsenal supporters by feeding them with such a questionable acquisition.

Mourinho has previously provided a comment on Torres to The Daily Mirror:

Torres so far is so-so. Somebody could expect more because of his potential, because of what he did before. But not so bad as people sometimes try to say.

The comment is now 2 weeks old, but it does imply that he may be willing to give Torres a chance to prove himself and can see that he is better than the bed press he receives which might go a little way to throw a life line to Torres and reduce the chances of a move unless a really serious bid comes in.

Our Truth-o-meter
This story was reported initially by the most speculative of sources, based on little more than the kind of crazy logic that might be detained under the mental health act, even under the lenient transfer window conditions. For this reason we are giving putting very long odds on Torres joining Arsenal at 5%, but we do think there is some more reasonable logic to suggest that Torres may leave so the truth rating on the transfer as a whole is being set at 20% until we hear solid evidence that he might be moving.

Likeliness of Signing: 5%
Fit at Club: 65%

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