Former Chelsea Star Fernando Torres Warns Sadio Mane about Potential Move as Shock Bid is Planned
Football Insider reports that Chelsea is preparing to make a proposal to sign Bayern Munich's Sadio Mane, prompting former Chelsea player Fernando Torres to caution Mane about the move.
Mane, who left Liverpool last summer, had a successful six-year stint at the club, scoring 120 goals and providing 38 assists.
After a successful six-year period at Liverpool where he scored 120 goals and provided 38 assists, Mane left Anfield last summer.
However, the 31-year-old has had a challenging season in Bavaria, struggling with poor form and facing off-the-field problems.
According to reports, Bayern is open to selling Mane, despite the player having recently returned to Thomas Tuchel's starting lineup.
Chelsea is said to be interested in making Mane their first signing for the summer, and this is reportedly supported by Mauricio Pochettino, who is rumored to be in the running for the Chelsea manager role.
The Argentine coach is reportedly keen on convincing the Senegal international to move to Stamford Bridge.
In 2007, Torres made a transfer from Atletico Madrid to Liverpool, where he spent four years establishing himself as one of the most successful strikers in the world.
On a controversial January deadline day in 2011, Torres made a transfer to Chelsea, where he won the Champions League, Europa League, and FA Cup. However, he was unable to replicate the high level of performance he had achieved at Liverpool.
During his time at Chelsea, Torres played 172 games but scored only 45 times. He then had a short loan spell at AC Milan before returning to Atletico in 2016.
Torres has stated that he does not regret joining Chelsea, but the transfer has caused many Liverpool fans to no longer view him as a legend of the club.
Similarly, Mane could face a similar backlash from Liverpool fans if he chooses to join Chelsea, which could tarnish his reputation with the club's supporters.
Torres told TalkSPORT: “It was maybe my fault for not being able to adapt quicker. I had really good moments but I was not consistent. And if you are not consistent at a big club like Chelsea and you are not performing every week then someone will come in and take your position.
“Arriving at a club like that full of stars in the middle of the season it is very difficult to fit in. Maybe I didn't find the partnership that I had with [Steven] Gerrard, [Javier] Mascherano and Xabi [Alonso] but I always said it was my fault. I was old enough to find solutions but I didn't do it.
“I'm happy because I won the trophies that I wanted, I played really good football but I didn't do it every weekend so in any big club in the world if you don't perform every weekend then it is not enough.”