Chelsea are reportedly willing to take as little as £20m for Fernando Torres this summer.

The Spaniard was purchased for £50m from Liverpool in January 2011 but, since then, has failed to live up to his expensive price tag. 

Torres, 29, has scored just eight league goals this season, just one goal better than last season. Torres is on a £170,000-a-week contract at Stamford Bridge and owner Roman Abramovich is keen the two parties don’t complete the contract, which is set to run out in 2017.

With Chelsea linked with several other targets such as Edinson Cavani from Napoli and Bayern Leverkusen’s Andre Schurrle in a deal worth £70m, Chelsea want to cash in on their current number nine.

The Blues have also been linked with Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, and with Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku already at Stamford Bridge, Torres looks to be getting the boot.

Chelsea’s interim manager, Rafael Benitez, is set to step aside to make way for former manager Jose Mourinho, who is likely to have his own transfer targets in mind - and it’s unclear whether he will want Torres at his disposal or not. 

With several clubs chasing Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao, Torres could find himself flying back to Spain in a sensational return to Madrid.

In his Chelsea career, Torres has netted 33 goals in 130 games, the same amount of goals in his first Liverpool season back in 2007/08 (46 games).

Torres’s record won’t impress Mourinho, especially when the Portuguese coach is used to watching record-breaker Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 201 goals in 199 games, every week.


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