Torres’ wage demands would be too much for the Italian club to consider a transfer.
A move that would see Chelsea’s Rafael Benitez bring Fernando Torres with him to Napoli has been scuppered due to the striker’s high wage demands, according to Sportmediaset.
Both Benitez and Torres have been heavily linked with a move to Naples, but whilst the manager’s deal looks likely to go through any chance of securing the forward look impossible due to his wage demands.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has imposed a €8.5m-a-year cap on any contract offered to the players at the club and it’s thought Torres would have to take a significant pay cut to meet that criteria.
The 29-year-old has been rumoured to be moving away from Stamford Bridge for some time, following a difficult period in west London since his British record £50m move from Liverpool two-and-a-half years ago.
Despite helping Chelsea lift the Europa League this season the Spaniard has once again been seen to be struggling in front of goal.
The form that saw Torres receive so many plaudits in the Premier League at Anfield appears to have deserted the striker, as he only managed eight goals in 36 league matches in 2012/13.
However, the Spain international did manage to net a further 14 efforts in other competitions for the club – including nine in Europe in both the Champions and Europa League tournaments.
For Napoli though, it seems one out of two will have to be enough as although Benitez appears to be the natural successor to Walter Mazzarri, Torres will not be playing in Naples next campaign.