Chelsea can't find a buyer for £20m Fernando Torres

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Chelsea are trying to sell Fernando Torres for a cut-price £20 million this summer - £30 million less than they paid for him three years ago - but aren't able to find a buyer according to the Telegraph.

The Spaniard has never truly lived up to his reputation in his time at Stamford Bridge following his £50 million switch, and with Diego Costa arriving form Atletico Madrid this summer, first team action is likely to be hard to come by. Didier Drogba has also returned to his former club, which could limit Torres' time on the pitch even further.

Dry spell

He's managed just 20 league goals in his four seasons with Chelsea, and although both Torres and Mourinho have previously insisted that he is going nowhere, the Telegraph claim that the Special One is now looking to ship him out of west London.

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They say that Chelsea are desperate to find a buyer for Torres and will let him go for just £20 million, but as yet there have been no takers. His former club Atletico Madrid are believed to be keen on 30-year-old, while Monaco are also monitoring the former Liverpool ace.


One major issue for Chelsea is that Torres' current wages may be prohibitive for his suitors; he is said to earn around £175,000-per-week at Stamford Bridge and although Monaco could easily match that figure they are unlikely to be willing to do so given how far his stock has fallen in recent years.

The reason behind Chelsea's willingness to sell is that with Drogba on board, they are now over their quota for foreign players according to the Premier League's home-grown rules - something confirmed by Mourinho himself.

Chelsea quota

He said: “From the group you are expecting us to have as a squad, I have to send one away because we have one extra foreign player.

“So from all these players, if you think all of them have to stay, you are wrong. One of them has to go.”

If a buyer cannot be found for Torres then John Obi-Mikel is the one facing the chop - and if the Nigerian can't find a new club then goalkeeper Petr Cech is next in line. The shot-stopper is likely to be usurped by Thibaut Courtois who has returned from his loan spell with Atletico Madrid, and previous reports have suggested that he is unwilling to be a back-up option and could seek to leave.

PSG bid

However he denied those rumours yesterday, insisting that he won't be forced out of Chelsea and that he remains as committed to the club as ever.

The Telegraph say that Paris Saint-Germain could pounce for Cech if he is available, and the Ligue 1 giants are willing to pay £10 million for the 31-year-old.

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