Atletico Madrid’s Colombian hot-shot Radamel Falcao, who tore Chelsea apart in the pre-season Super Cup and is regarded as the best forward in Europe after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, is believed to be a shoo-in at Stamford Bridge. But not, Benitez is at pains to stress, to the detriment of Torres.
"Fernando knows that in a top side if you want to compete and challenge for all trophies, you need competition," said Benitez. "It will be important to have different options. It will be better for him and better for the team. The problem in January is always who is available."