AC Milan have held talks with Chelsea over the transfer of Fernando Torres, according to Sky Sports.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said at the weekend that Torres remains in his plans, however it appears the Spaniard is set be third in the pecking order, with Diego Costa and Didier Drogba both ahead.
Torres, who has scored just 20 league goals in 110 appearances since he joined back in 2011, may look for a fresh start after his abysmal campaign last term means he is no longer a regular starter in his national squad.
Milan's vice-president Adriano Galliani looks like he's confident they'll get their target, with the departure of controversial striker Mario Balotelli confirmed this week, Milan will hope to fill the void with El Niño.
Galliani said: "We are confident. We have made our proposal to Chelsea and are now waiting on an answer. We hope we can get him.
Sky Sports' Spanish football expert Guillem Balague believes agreement on a fee is close, although he says the deal is not done yet.
Surely if Torres does go, it would mean Mourinho having to enter the transfer market once again even though he said previously that the Blues had done their business. Torres' departure would leave Mourinho with only two strikers, after the departures of Romelu Lukaku, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o already confirmed.
Out the door
If a move goes through, it's possible that Torres could be joined in Milan by fellow Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel.
The Dutch midfielder has now recovered from a serious knee injury suffered early in his first season in England, however with the signing of Cesc Fabregas he too drops lower in the pecking order. Milan want to take him on loan, although it is reported that van Ginkel prefers to stay at Chelsea and fight for his place.