AC Milan will turn to Chelsea’s Fernando Torres after giving up their attempts to sign Manchester City misfit Carlos Tevez.
The Italian club are thought to be keen to loan out the Spaniard from Stamford Bridge, something The Etihad Stadium side are unwilling to do with Tevez, according to the Mirror.
Andre Villas-Boas has publicly stated that Torres is not for sale, but he has been leaving the £50million striker on the bench in the past few weeks.
In fact, dropping Torres for Didier Drogba has coincided with Chelsea’s recent renaissance after a disappointing start to the season.
Milan want another striker to replace Antonio Cassano after he underwent emergency heart surgery and was ruled out indefinitely, and the Rossoneri were thought to be close to a deal to take Tevez from Manchester City.
The Citizens' unwillingness to allow the player to leave on loan has left the deal dead in the water though.
The current Serie A champions now feel they can convince the Blues to let them take Torres on loan in January.
The former Atletico Madrid captain has scored just five goals since he moved to Stamford Bridge and ‘AVB’ may feel that some time playing regularly in one of Europe’s top leagues could benefit all parties concerned.
Didier Drogba is currently leading Chelsea’s line but he will leave for Africa Cup of Nations duty in mid-January and it was thought Torres would then get a run in the side.
However, Chelsea are reportedly chasing a new striker for a January move and may let Torres go on loan if they find suitable cover.