Chelsea striker Fernando Torres was the subject of an approach from Wolfsburg last weekend, with the Bundesliga giants contacting the Spanish international's agent directly last weekend to find out if he's available.
That is according to Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, who reported yesterday that Wolfsburg chairman Francisco Sanz spoke to the Chelsea's star's representative and despite receiving a lukewarm response remain very interested in either a loan or permanent move.
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Torres has made a shortlist of strike targets at Wolfsburg because they missed out on Alvaro Morata and Romelu Lukaku, who decided to join Juventus and Everton instead respectively.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been adamant in recent weeks that he won't sell Torres and wants the misfiring forward to provide competition for Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge next year, but that public declaration didn't stop Sanz picking up the phone.
The 30-year-old has failed to hit double figures in any of his three full Premier League seasons with Chelsea and hasn't looked a great deal better so far in pre-season, which has heightened speculation that if Mourinho can sign another striker before the window slams shut Torres will be allowed to move on.
Wolfsburg are also keeping tabs on Roma hitman Mattia Destro, but Torres is first choice and the ball is now in Chelsea's court, will they really give Torres the chance to shine this season or force him to be a peripheral figure taking an unwelcome seat on the subs bench?
Torres for his part and towed the part line and insisted his future is in West London, but doubts over first-team chances must surely be in the former Liverpool marksman's thoughts.
Chelsea fans have grown exasperated with Torres over the last 18 months, with the £50m man's efforts not in question but his ability to lead the line still in serious question.
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Mourinho has already shown his ruthless streak by allowing Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Juan Mata, David Luiz and Lukaku to leave over the last six months, the temptation to try and get a £175,000-a-week earner in Torres off the wage bill could prove too good to resist.
Wolfsburg chief Sanz is still hoping Chelsea change their mind over a switch before the transfer window slams shut, so don't be too surprised if Torres ends up chasing a fresh challenge in the Bundesliga this season.