Is Torres Man United's main man?
- 26 Jun 06, 10:04 AM
BADEN-BADEN - England's World Cup win against Ecuador was top of the agenda in Stuttgart - but there was a hot little rumour doing the rounds among the foreign media.
Namely, that Manchester United are close to sealing a £20m deal for Atletico Madrid's brilliant Spanish striker Fernando Torres.
Torres, a powerful goalscoring 22-year-old, has been an outstanding figure in a Spain side that looks like it may finally banish the years of under-achievement and make a major impact at a World Cup.
And the word on the World Cup grapevine in Stuttgart was that United are in pole position to sign Torres - although(surprise, surprise) Chelsea lurk in the background.
But one of the finest imports to English football in the last 25 years, a man with good contacts abroad and who now works in the foreign media, told me Spanish emissaries have already been dispatched to Manchester to find a home for Torres.
Time will tell if this is true, but if you are Manchester United fan, would you prefer the young and hungry Torres to the increasingly marginalised Ruud van Nistelrooy?