La Liga’s third biggest club, Valencia, could make a move for Fernando Torres…
Chelsea could be wiling to part with £50m striker Fernando Torres, after it emerged that La Liga side Valencia were interested, reports The Times.
If Valencia sell Roberto Soldado to Tottenham as is expected, they are looking to replace him with his Spanish Confederations Cup teammate Fernando Torres.
Valencia would be willing to take the player on loan, or use some of the £26m Soldado money on 29-year-old Torres.
The £50m Chelsea striker actually scored 24 goals in all competitions last term, but it was still deemed a failure by many as only eight of these came in the league.
Jose Mourinho has been impressed with young Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, who has returned from a loan spell at West Brom last term where he scored an impressive 17 league goals. It is thought that the Portuguese manager is willing to give him the opportunity to develop his outstanding potential with regular first-team football, as he fits the physical, powerful mould of striker Mourinho has always liked to deploy centrally in his favoured 4-3-3 formation.
This could leave Torres as a substitute, and his place in the Stamford Bridge pecking order could fall further if Chelsea eventually manage to land Wayne Rooney from Manchester United.
With the World Cup in Brazil next summer, Torres will be desperate to play first-team football, and probably see a move to Valencia, even on a loan-deal as an attractive option – as he is desperate to recapture the form that saw many hail him as the best striker in the world, and led Chelsea to pay a British transfer record for his services.