5 Reasons Why: Torres should join Man CityBy: Rob | July 26th, 2010
Manchester City are, reportedly, prepping an astonishing £70m transfer for Liverpool frontman Fernando Torres. Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has said he can do nothing more to convince the Spanish striker to stay, so it looks like it’ll come down to the player himself.
Like Tevez, Adebayour and Robinho before him, if Torres did decide to join City, he’d get a heck of alot of stick, with suggestions that he’s only in it for the money and so on. But the time might be right for Torres to make the biggest transfer of the summer.
And here’s why:
1. Man City are going in the right direction.
The signings that City have made over this summer are a clear statement of intent, City are on the move forwards, and look hugely impressive – on paper at least. Torres has said that he thinks Liverpool need four or five key players to compete for honours, and it seems unlikely he’s going to get them. Liverpool could be competing for fourth place this season, but City could (especially if they actually got Torres) be competing for the title.
2. He’d be a star, without carrying the team.
I know that Liverpool have picked up big wins in the last couple of years without him, but lets be honest, Torres and Gerrard are the main driving force behind Liverpool and when injuries/a lack of interest took over last season Liverpool looked utterly uninspired. No doubt at City he’d be a star, maybe even thee star, but you could still imagine them winning games if he got injured. Which is probably a weight off his mind.
3. The service he’d get might make him step up another level.
He gets a certain kind of service at Liverpool (and this is based on how Rafa Benitez played, we don’t know how Roy will have them lined up) but the service at Man City, with Johnson, Silva, Tevez etc, would be on another level. He could be up to the kind of scoring ratio we haven’t seen since Ruud van Nistolrooy and Thierry Henry battled it out.
4. Not just the immidiate future, but the forseeable future.
Even if he stayed at Liverpool and they finished above Man City, which side do you see being in the Champions League in five years time? I don’t think its Liverpool. As long as the City owners stay interested in throwing sickening amounts of money at the club, they are just going to go forward and forward. Unless Liverpool get a big buyout, they are going to be treading water for awhile.
5. The, er, Money.
That might sound like a disgusting thing to say (especially about a man who earns £110k a week) but considering City offered Yaya Toure £200k a week, god knows what they would offer Torres. And its really easy for us to sneer and judge, but at the same time, we’d probably struggle to turn that kind of money down, right?