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Chelsea eye Loic Remy swoop as Mattia Destro alternative

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Chelsea are plotting an £8.5 million bid for Loic Remy in the event that they are unable to land their preferred replacement for the seemingly outgoing Fernando Torres.

According to the latest reports from The Daily Express, disappointing Spaniard Torres is all set to depart Stamford Bridge, with a free transfer to Serie A giants AC Milan supposedly in the offing.

The same source suggests that while £20 million-rated Roma frontman Mattia Destro is Jose Mourinho's first-choice to fill Torres' role, he could well turn to Queens Park Rangers' Remy if such a deal does not come to fruition in the coming days.

Liverpool failure

French international Remy's situation is a curious one. Having spent the entire of the 2013/14 campaign away from QPR on loan with Newcastle, it seemed certain that he would leave Loftus Road this summer despite Harry Redknapp's side's returning to the Premier League via a last-gasp play-off final victory over Derby County.

A move to Liverpool appeared to be a mere formality back in July, but the deal was cruelly scrapped after complications appeared to arise during the course of the 27-year-old's medical in Boston.

The collapse of that proposed transfer seems to have left Remy and QPR in a state of awkward limbo.

While Remy - who joined Rangers during their last stint in the top-flight in January 2013 - has been involved in both of the club's opening league matches of the new campaign, many supporters still feel he is likely to leave for pastures new prior to the transfer deadline - something that would leave Redknapp in the lurch somewhat as he plots to avoid relegation back to the Championship.

Good fit?

If Chelsea are indeed looking for another striker to help Didier Drogba provide adequate support for £32 million signing Diego Costa, then Remy could certainly fit the bill.

While the issues that forced him to miss out on a switch to Anfield will surely be of significant concern, the former Marseille man has proven he has what it takes to succeed at this level and was instrumental to Newcastle's fortunes last term.

Chelsea's position also means they are liable to get the Arsenal and Tottenham target at the cheapest price available as per the terms of his sliding-scale release clause.

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Destro/Torres

Whether Mourinho will be able to secure Destro's signature before turing to Remy at this stage remains to be seen.

Roma - who qualified for the Champions League this season by virtue of a second-place domestic finish and were placed alongside Bayern Munich, Manchester City and CSKA Moscow in an incredibly tough group stage draw yesterday - appear to value the Italian very highly and it is believed that they would need to secure another forward before allowing him to leave.

Providing appropriate reinforcements can be sought, not many in West London will be particularly aghast to lose Torres given the way he has struggled for any sort of consistency in the final third since joining Chelsea from rivals Liverpool in a then-British record £50 million deal three years ago.

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