Newcastle United head coach Rafael Benitez has admitted that Fernando Torres could be an attractive summer option for the club, though he is unclear whether the veteran would prefer a return to the Premier League. Torres built a reputation for himself during his top-flight stints with Liverpool and Chelsea, and Benitez had the opportunity to work with the Spaniard at both of those clubs.
Torres will draw curtains on his Atletico Madrid career this weekend when their league season comes to a close and the marksman is thereafter expected to pursue a new challenge outside of the Spanish league. Aside from Newcastle, Torres has also been credited with an interest from Celtic and several other MLS clubs and the next couple of weeks could give a fair reflection on which club the Spaniard could play for.
Meanwhile, Benitez’s own future has been under question over the past few days and this has mostly been related to Mike Ashley’s reluctance to offer him with a sizeable transfer kitty for the summer. The Spaniard was hugely disappointed with the limited budget during the previous campaign, although they avoided relegation and a similar repeat could witness his departure from Tyneside. West Ham United have been touted as a possible destination for Benitez, should he decide upon a new Premier League challenge.