Torres is on Wenger’s wish list.
With a deal for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain seemingly as good as done, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is wasting no time in further improvement as Chelsea’s Fernando Torres is his next surprise target, reports the Mirror.
Torres is unwanted by returning Blues boss Jose Mourinho and Wenger views the Spaniard as the perfect foil for Higuain in a new look front-line for the Gunners.
The Frenchman has been allocated £70m this summer to improve his squad at the Emirates, with unrest amongst the fans following an eighth successive year in north London without a trophy.
A usually cautious Wenger is set to change his tact and spend big in the transfer window, with Higuain top of his list of new acquisitions and Wayne Rooney of Manchester United and Everton’s Marouane Fellaini also strongly linked.
Torres however would be a shock deal as it was thought that if the striker were to leave Stamford Bridge it would almost certainly be to play abroad, with the 29-year-old’s home nation the most likely destination.
However, Arsenal are now keeping tabs on the Spain international – currently preparing for the Confederations Cup final in Brazil – who has failed to live up to expectations following a £50m switch to the Blues from Liverpool in January 2011.
Wenger would be able to snap up Torres for a fraction of that price now though, with Mourinho keen to move the forward on in order to make way for a move for Napoli’s Edison Cavani.
If a deal were to be agreed it would be the biggest transfer shock of the Premier League so far this summer.