Atletico Madrid are reportedly keeping a close eye on Chelsea striker Fernando Torres this summer, despite Jose Mourinho's insistence that the Spaniard will not be leaving Stamford Bridge.
According to reports from Spanish publication AS cited by Metro, Atletico continue to monitor Torres due to the player supposedly having become concerned over a potential lack of starts at Chelsea following Mourinho's decision to bring Blues legend Didier Drogba back to the club on a free transfer in July.
Indeed, the source even goes as far as to suggest that the coming days will be crucial in terms of Torres' future in West London, with Atletico presumably set to make a decision as to whether or not they will launch a formal offer to try and entice the 30-year-old back to the Vicente Calderon.
Torres has notably struggled for consistency since his British record £50 million move from Liverpool back in 2011 and has been the target of repeatedly harsh criticism from supporters and pundits alike.
Mourinho has been keen to drastically re-shape his strikeforce following a disappointing first season back in charge at Chelsea, with Diego Costa - arguably Atletico's top performer during last season's run to the La Liga title - arriving in a £32 million deal and Drogba not hesitating to re-join his former club following his exit from Turkish outfit Galatasaray.
Those two signings were offset by the departures of Demba Ba, Samuel Eto'o and Romelu Lukaku, with Mourinho seemingly eager to keep Torres as cover in the event of injury.
The Portuguese's reluctance to part with him may have been strengthened by the news that Drogba could miss the first few weeks of the new Premier League season after suffering an ankle injury during Sunday's 2-1 win over Hungarian side Ferencvaros in Budapest.
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The loss of Costa - along with David Villa's defection to Major League Soccer - left Atletico with work to do in the transfer market.
Diego Simeone moved quickly to secure the capture of Croatian international Mario Mandzukic from Bayern Munich and has also signed talented Argentine starlet Angel Correa and Antoine Griezmann.
The latter is not strictly a forward, however, and with rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid both making significant attacking additions this summer, it could that Atletico are also keen to further bolster their frontline in a bid to retain their title.
Simeone's presence as Atletico boss could be an influential factor for Torres, with the two having played together during the latter's formative years with Los Rojiblancos.