Atletico Madrid favourites to sign Chelsea star Fernando Torres

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Atletico Madrid are leading the race to sign Fernando Torres this summer as he looks to end a miserable spell at Chelsea, reports Goal.

Torres has never looked like justifying the £50m Chelsea paid Liverpool for him in 2011, and it seems that his time at Stamford Bridge is coming to an end.

Amongst a number of clubs, Torres' former club Atletico Madrid have been the most vocal with their interest so far and are willing to take him on loan or permanently if the price is right.

Chelsea are looking to sell both Demba Ba and Torres in the summer while Samuel Eto'o will not be offered an extension on his one-year contract signed last summer. Doubts also surround the future of Romelu Lukaku at Stamford Bridge.

Torres is reported to have been offered to a number of clubs around Europe via third parties in recent weeks and is believed to be attracting interest from the likes of Inter Milan, Galatasaray and Tottenham.

Tottenham would find it hard to convince Chelsea to sell Torres to a direct Premier League rival and must of course convince the player of moving to a club that is likely to be without Champions League football next season.

Spurs will look to add striking reinforcements this summer as Roberto Soldado has failed to adapt to the Premier League since his £26m move from Valencia last year. 

But Atletico represents a better chance to win silverware that at White Hart Lane, while also giving him the chance to return to a football club where he is still considered a legend. Before leaving for Liverpool, Torres had struck himself into folklore at the the Vicente Calderon.

'El Nino', as he is known in the Spanish capital, is keen to end a turbulent three-and-a-half year spell at Chelsea, which has seen him score just 19 goals in the Premier League, three less than he scored for Liverpool in the 2009/10 season.

Atletico Madrid will struggle to keep current star striker Diego Costa at the club in the summer, opening a space in the team for Torres to slot in to. Atletico would not be able to match Torres' £150,000-a-week wages but are hoping to explore a deal where Chelsea pay some of the player's wages.

There is always the hope that Torres will accept a pay cut to return to the club he started his career at.

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