As indirect swap deals go, Chelsea came out looking rather well from the Fernando Torres and Loic Remy transfers. The Londoners managed to pack the greatly under-performing Torres off to AC Milan, and then swiftly agreed to meet the bargain buyout clause of just £8m in the contract for Remy.
The Torres deal is a two-year loan to Milan — when Torres will then become a free agent — and Chelsea will be happy just to have relieved themselves of the final two years of Torres’ sizable contract. Another thing that Jose Mourinho will be happy about is that he has actually managed to upgrade his squad in acquiring Remy to replace the misfiring Torres.
Remy scored 14 Premier League goals in 26 league games last season, whereas Torres only managed five goals from the 28 games he played. The season before, Remy scored six goals in just 14 league games, as Torres produced eight goals from his 36 games. Remy, it must also be said, has not only been more productive than Torres in recent seasons, but he has also done so, with all due respect, on substantially inferior teams in Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle United.
And on teams where possession, and obviously opportunities to score, are decisively less forthcoming. Yet still he outperformed Torres, and not only will he now bring more to the Chelsea table than Torres did, but he will also do so on roughly 50-60 percent of the wages that Torres was previously on, it works all the way around from Chelsea’s viewpoint.
Remy can also be slightly injury prone at times, though, it must be said, that will be something for Chelsea to obviously keep an eye on. But when fit, you know he can have an impact and be effective, and compared to the Torres of recent years, that’s a significant upgrade for Chelsea.