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Fernando Torres targeted for return to Spain

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Chelsea striker Fernando Torres appears to be attracting transfer interest from one of his former clubs.

According to The Sun, Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone wants the Spaniard back at the Vicente Calderon and has has apparently let him know as such through mutual friends.

29-year-old Torres joined Atletico's youth system back in 1995 and stayed at the club for 12 years before earning a move to the Premier League and Liverpool during the summer of 2007.

He became somewhat of a cult hero with the La Liga outfit he supported as a boy, making over 200 appearances for Los Rojiblancos before departing for Anfield and a very different challenge.

Torres' proved himself to be one of the world's most-feared marksmen during his successful stint on Merseyside and four years later he became the most expensive player in the history of British football after Chelsea moved to snap him up for an eye-watering £50 million.

His move to Stamford Bridge has not quite gone as planned, however, with the World Cup winner often attracting criticism for a perceived lack of confidence and consistency in front of goal with that hefty price tag weighing heavily around his neck.

And with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho widely expected to be in the market for a new striker when the transfer window opens for business once again this summer, it could be argued that a fresh start at a club where Torres is still widely admired could be exactly what he needs to get his career right back on track.

However, it he is to return to Atletico, it would appear that Torres would have to accept a drop in wages with The Sun suggesting that the club would not be able to pay a fee and provide the same £10 million-per-year he currently earns at Chelsea.

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