Fernando Torres has found it tough going since arriving in the capital in 2011.
Serie A outfit Fiorentina are lining up a surprise swoop for misfiring Chelsea front-man Fernando Torres this summer, says the Daily Mirror.
The Spain international was brought to Stamford Bridge from arch-rivals Liverpool in a British-record transfer fee worth £50 million in the January transfer window of 2011.
However, it is fair to say that the 29-year-old has endured a torrid time of it in the intervening two-year period, with the once deadly attacker managing to hit the back of the net on just 15 occasions in 82 Premier League matches for the west London club.
Meanwhile overall, Torres has netted just 34 times in 131 fixtures in all competitions since signing for the Blues, form in front of goal that has greatly reduced the player’s market value.
However, Torres has shone in the Europa League for the Blues this term, netting six goals in nine appearances in UEFA’s secondary club competition, leading to suggestions that incoming Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho may give the Spain international another chance in west London.
But Fiorentina are hoping to be able to persuade Torres to join them this summer as a replacement for their Montenegro international forward Stefan Jovetic, who is expected to be leaving the club.