The price Liverpool's agreeing to pay for Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll seems insane, unjustifiable, what the hell is happening to this club kind of nonsense, something that would look utterly ridiculous if the Reds weren't on the verge of selling a older, more fragile, less productive (this season) striker for a price nearly as batty and inexplicable. But in terms of Chelsea, such moves are more that's just the kind of club they are than sometimes, I don't even know who you are
When £50 million's about to be paid for Fernando Torres, allowing £35 million to be paid for Andy Carroll, there's little to do but shrug at delusion funding delusion and turn back to a place where the game makes sense. And in that vain, the series of moves spawned from Chelsea's Fernando Torres bid would make sense for all involved.
Newcastle looks to be the big winner. Carroll is a huge part of their squad, but if the Magpies' performance in Carroll's absence portends anything, they should continue to distinguish themselves from the bottom of the league. From their last four league matches, all played without Carroll, Newcastle's taken eight points, able to get draws from Sunderland and Tottenham after convincing victories over Wigan and West Ham.
In a season of consolidation, Newcastle seems to be clearly Premier League quality. If they can continue that consolidation while capitalizing on a bull market, the season will be more successful than Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias could have reasonably expected, even if Carlton Cole may be on his way to St. James' Park.
For Liverpool, it's hard to argue that a swap of Torres for Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll wouldn't improve the team, and after Torres sullied his club icon status in requesting a move away from Anfield, such an exchange may salvage the spirits of supporters. While neither Suarez nor Carroll can be argued to be of Torres's quality, they are much more reliable health-wise, and when Steven Gerrard's deteriorating skills risked making Torres (and his health) even more important to Reds' fortunes, Chelsea's willingness to overpay for Torres and allow Liverpool to change course was perfectly timed.
A side with Carroll flanked by Suarez and Dirk Kuyt, Gerrard deployed centrally above Raul Miereles and Lucas Leiva should encourage the Kop, particularly with the likes of Maxi Rodríguez, Joe Cole, and David N'Gog in reserve. Of course, there's the little problem of utilizing Carroll's best trait, considering how thin Liverpool is on players capable of crossing the ball for their new striker. But Liverpool's current squad has greater limitations than the ability to cross the ball. At least with these moves, they'd be better equipped to compensate.
And for Chelsea, you need only consider the problems Real Madrid have had finding a number nine to know the value of Torres. He is fragile and he is overpriced, but where Chelsea is looking at a summer that could see Didier Drogba leave Stamford Bridge, Torres is arguably the best option.
We've heard Chelsea connected with Sergio Aguero, but that seems neither true nor the right type of forward. There are players like Fernando Llorente out there, but good luck outbidding Real Madrid for the man Jorge Valdano may see as destined to wear white. Torres, 26 and having proven himself in the English Premier League, is the best option, his fragility possibly fitting in perfectly with Michael Essien, Frank Lampard, John Terry and José Bosingwa. Not that that's a good thing.
What is a good thing: the prospect of Torres and Drogba being together beyond June. Drogba's exit is not certain, and if Torres proves to be an effective foil for the Ivorian icon, Chelsea could keep the pair together into next season. If they do, the domino effect born from their Torres raid will prove to be a win-win-win, with all of Newcastle, Liverpool and Chelsea able to move forward.