Fernando Torres is growing concerned that he could spend next season on the bench following the return of Didier Drogba to Stamford Bridge, according to reports in Spain.
That could open up the possibility of a return to Atletico Madrid, who want to sign their former player before the close of the transfer window.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has previously insisted that he is happy with his three man strike force of Torres, Drogba and new-boy Diego Costa, adding that Torres would not be sold.
Torres has also gone public with his desire to stay put at Stamford Bridge, however AS in Spain report that he is growing increasingly concerned about how much time on the pitch he will get with Drogba back in west London.
The former Liverpool man played just three minutes for Chelsea in a pre-season tournament against Besiktas and Fenerbahce. Having previously been happy to play second fiddle to Cosra, AS report that Torres is unwilling to be third-choice, and could fall even further down the pecking order with the likes of Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah able to play up top too.
That could well open the door for Atletico Madrid to swoop. They are still in the market for a forward despite having signed Mario Mandzukic, and an emotional return for Torres could be on the cards.
He has never truly settled in west London since his £50 million transfer in 2011, and Atletico may well be able to get him on the cheap. AS report that the next few days will be 'decisive' as Torres contemplates his future. Mourinho doesn't want to sell which means he will have to force his way out of Chelsea if he wants to leave.
Torres' doubts may have something to do with the abundance of rumours linking Edinson Cavani with Chelsea. Various reports say that the Blues are lining up a move for the PSG man, but Mourinho insists he only wants three senior strikers for the new season - which would leave him one short if Torres leaves.