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“El Nino” Heading in Barcelona’s Direction?

Prolific striker Fernando Torres had a less than stellar debut at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.  Substituted on in the 61st minute as a result of knee troubles, the talented Spaniard failed to make an impact in his team’s humiliating defeat to their opponents from Switzerland.

That said, despite his struggles of late Torres remains one of the most dominant players in the game, and his goal-scoring abilities are truly unparalleled.  El Nino has spent the past three seasons plying his trade in the English Premier League with Liverpool, where he has been quite the marksman.  Over the course of his three campaigns with the Reds, Torres has netted 56 goals in just 69 games.  Scoring at a pace like that has made the Spaniard a valuable commodity as we approach the July transfer window.

Recently, rumors have emanated out of Barcelona about a potential swap for Liverpool’s lethal finisher.   The reported amount is to be £70million heading to the Reds for the services of Torres.  Despite this lofty amount, Liverpool appears on the verge of abomination.  Speculation has run rampant around the club, and amid the exit of Rafael Benitez, and the potential loss of skipper Steven Gerrard, the club can ill afford to lose a player of Torres’ caliber.

Meanwhile, Barcelona is believed to view this as a great opportunity to partner perhaps the deadliest duo in international football.  Putting David Villa alongside Torres for every other weekend in La Liga, would almost be an unstoppable combo.  And considering the hype over Real Madrid’s off-season coup of super-coach Jose Mourinho, Barcelona must try and keep pace with their biggest competitors.

New Barcelona President Sandro Rossell has been rumored to be a great fan of Torres, and has allegedly begun negotiations with the English club.  However, luring a player of his stature away from Liverpool will be tough, especially when you consider that Manchester City and Chelsea plan on partaking in the bidding for El Nino’s services.

July will be an interesting month to observe how the balance of power swings within La Liga.  Barcelona are also planning on obtaining Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas, and putting the midfielder into an already potent lineup with a striker like Torres, would be a devastating combo.

Although the on-field battles between Barcelona and Real Madrid are always spectacles to behold, this year’s arms race in the upcoming July transfer window may just outdo their past performances on the pitch.