Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will leave Stamford Bridge this summer after the deal to bring Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa to the west London outfit has been finalised. The Spain international’s teammate Demba Ba will also leave the club.
This is according to the Daily Star, who believe Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will look to offload the under-performing forwards over the forthcoming weeks in order to avoid incurring penalties from UEFA’s new Financial Fair Play rules.
Costa has completed a medical with the Blues and is expected to finalise his transfer before next week’s World Cup finals begin in Brazil. The 25-year-old, who scored 36 goals in 52 appearances for the Champions League finalists this season, will cost Chelsea £32m.
Torres, an Atletico Madrid hero after his spell at the Vicente Calderon, has regularly disappointed since his £50m transfer from Liverpool to Chelsea in January 2011. The Spain international, who could line-up alongside compatriot Costa in Brazil this summer, has scored 45 goals in 172 games for the Blues.
Ba, meanwhile, has never looked entirely comformable in a Chelsea shirt since completing a shock move from West Ham in January 2013. The Senegalese striker is likely to leave Stamford Bridge having scored 14 goals in 51 appearances.
La Liga outfit Valencia are keen to sign Torres and may be able to put together a package to sign the 30-year-old following the arrival of Singapore billionaire Peter Lim, while Turkish giants Besiktas are reportedly interested in purchasing Ba.