Ahead of this afternoon’s match with Chelsea, Roberto Mancini has revealed that he was interested in signing Fernando Torres before he left Liverpool for Chelsea. In the end, however, Mancini chose Edin Dzeko. He said:
Yes, we wanted him and two years ago we had a chance but now he’s at Chelsea. After this, we decided on other players and so we went for Edin. The price was too high for Torres. We had four or five strikers in mind. We talked about this player but afterwards we decided we were probably missing a player with different qualities, like Edin.
In spite of Torres’ poor form for Chelsea Mancini still sees the Spanish striker as a threat.
Torres had a problem after Liverpool, but I don’t know why. This is something that can happen. A top striker can have one year when he’s a different player. The history of football is full of this, but he’s scored important goals for Chelsea, he won the Champions League with them. I still think he’s a good player. Every striker can have a difficult moment, but for me he is always dangerous.