Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge on loan this summer to pave the way for a blockbuster transfer involving either Radamel Falcao or Diego Costa, according to Italian publication Tuttosport.
Torres has failed to convince Blues boss Jose Mourinho that he deserves star billing in West London, with Samuel Eto'o preferred for large portions of the season thanks to the Spaniard's disappointing record of four Premier League goals across 21 appearances.
Mourinho's patience has reportedly worn thin and he has now asked Abramovich to sanction a move for one of Europe's elite strikers, with Costa and Falcao his top targets in a bid to sign a proven performer to lead the line next season.
Tuttosport believe that Inter Milan are ready to offer Chelsea the chance to take Torres off their wage bill with a season-long loan switch, although they would not be willing to pay his salary in full.
Inter have the financial muscle to conclude a deal for the ex-Liverpool marksman, either on loan or a permanent basis, but Chelsea are more likely to use Torres as a makeweight to tempt Monaco or Ateltico Madrid to part with their most prized asset during the close season.
The much-maligned forward, who turned 30 today, now has a decision to make over whether to keep fighting for his place at Chelsea or ask for a fresh challenge to revitalise his career if an opportunity materialises after the World Cup finals.