Former Chelsea youth and assistant manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed the club were keen on Fernando Torres before his move to England.
The Spanish striker will come up against Rodgers' Swansea City side this weekend with the Blues, and was watched by the Norther Irishman 'six or seven' years ago before he joined Liverpool from Atletico Madrid.
“Torres showed glimpses of getting back to his best," Rodgers told talkSPORT.
“I actually watched Torres for Chelsea when I was there about six or seven years ago. He was about 20, playing for Atletico Madrid, he scored two goals [against Barcelona] at the Nou Camp and was absolutely top draw.
“There’s obviously only a small list of players that the top clubs are after in Europe and he was one of those.
“He’s had some injuries in the last 18 months that have slowed him up but I think you can see in his movement that he’ll get back to his best.”
'El Nino' moved to Liverpool in 2007, and spent four seasons at Anfield before moving to Stamford Bridge for £50 million back in January.
Torres has shown glimpses of a return to top form in recent weeks after a frustrating spell triggered by injuries in the closing stages of his time with Liverpool, and Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas will be hoping to get the best out of his striker starting against the Swans.