Barcelona are reportedly eyeing up a move for Chelsea £50million flop Fernando Torres.
The Catalan giants see Torres as an ideal centre-forward to bring off the bench when in search of goals.
Whether Torres is willing to accept a place on the substitute’s bench is unknown. Game time at Chelsea has been far from consistent since his move in January 2011 and a return to Spain may be enough to convince the striker.
New Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is ready to cut the clubs losses on Torres and will accept bids in and around £20million. Barcelona will bid £17million to test Chelsea’s resolve.
Torres has also attracted interest from Juventus and former club Atletico Madrid, whom search for a replacement for Falcao.
Change of Chelsea strikers
Torres isn’t the only other striker who looks set to depart Stamford Bridge, with Demba Ba on the verge of an early exit.
The signing of Ba always seemed a short-term deal and the former Newcastle forward’s stay with Chelsea could last just seven months.
Mourinho will keep Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku whom return to their parent clubs from respective loan deals with Werder Bremen and West Brom.
A few days after the deal looked set to collapse, Chelsea will confirm a deal to sign Andre Schurrle from German club Bayern Leverkusen.
Schurrle has arrived in London to complete personal terms as well as a medical and the deal will be concluded shortly.
Leverkusen have already replaced Schurrle with Hamburg’s highly sought after Heung-Min Son.