With Mario Balotelli’s departure to Liverpool imminent, AC Milan is on the hunt for a replacement for the Italian striker.

A list of potential replacements has been drafted with Chelsea striker Fernando Torres emerging as a target for the Rossoneri.

Reports claim Porto’s Jackson Martinez is Milan’s first choice but if that were to fall through a deal with Chelsea for Torres could be on the cards.

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani spoke about Torres in December of last year admitting he has considered signing the former Atletico Madrid hitman.

He said: “Fernando Torres? No, he earns too much. He was an idea but we never got there, there are other players that we got closer to home.”

Chelsea paid a staggering £50m for Torres back in January 2011. The Spanish international has struggled to justify his price tag only showing glimpses of his former self during his three and half year tenure at the club.

Now with the arrival of one of Europe’s hottest strikers in Diego Costa and the return of club legend Didier Drogba, Torres is now third in the pecking order.

As things currently stand however Torres is nothing more than an alternative for Milan. He joins Javier Hernandez and Roberto Soldado as possible backups to the Colombian striker according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.