New Inter Milan manager Leonardo has targeted Fernando Torres as his first signing for the Italian champions in the summer.
Leonardo, whose last club were arch-rivals AC Milan, took over from Rafael Benitez earlier this month and is likely to have to improve the Nerazzuri’s fortunes with the same squad.
Former Liverpool boss Benitez’s short reign at the San Siro has resulted in them sitting down in seventh place, albeit with two games in hand, but president Massimo Morati has admitted he is unwilling to fund purchases in the January transfer window.
However, Inter will give their new manager sufficient funds in the summer, giving the former Brazil international plenty of time to draw up a list of targets that will be able to regain the Serie A title next year.
Torres, who is acknowledged as one of the best finishers in the world, is certainly able to do that and paired with Samuel Eto’o would form a formidable strike partnership with the Cameroonian.
Liverpool are currently struggling under manager Roy Hodgson, just three points ahead of the relegation zone, and Torres seems disillusioned at Anfield.
He has pledged his immediate future to Liverpool but if the club’s current form continues it will be hard to stay, especially if there is no European football available to him.
And Inter will be the first team he has played for to be able to offer him a genuine chance to win a title, unlike Liverpool and his first club Atletico Madrid.