Chelsea have reportedly identified Barcelona star David Villas as the ideal foil for Fernando Torres, as the future of the Spain striker at the Camp Nou looks increasingly doubtful.

Roberto di Matteo has yet to sufficiently compensate for the summer departure of Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, and is likely to consider goalscoring reinforcements during the January transfer window.

According to the Daily Star, Chelsea are watching the situation of Villa with interest as his time with Barcelona seems to be edging towards its conclusion.

Villa was reported to be involved in a furious argument with Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi following the Camp Nou club's shock Champions League defeat to Celtic on Wednesday night.

Barcelona, it is claimed, are now considering cashing-in on Villa in order to fund a move for Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao or Brazilian star Neymar, and Chelsea are heading the list of contenders to sign the Spain international.

Villa is the record goalscorer for his country and has formed a partnership over the years for Spain with Chelsea forward Torres, who has struggled since his move from Liverpool to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are now reported to have outlined Villas as the ideal player to bring the best out of Torres, while the club remain in need of extra numbers in their forward department.

Liverpool, another side in desperate need of goalscoring recruits, have also been linked with Villa, although the appeal of Champions League football would surely lead the 30-year-old to reject Anfield in favour of a switch to Chelsea.

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