Chelsea are prepared to take a huge loss on striker Fernando Torres, and will offer him to Premier League clubs for free this January in a bid to get him off their wage bill.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Spain international will see his loan spell at AC Milan - which was originally scheduled to last two years - cut short, as the Serie A outfit want to cancel the previous agreement.
With Jose Mourinho having Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Didier Drogba at his disposal he doesn’t need another striker, and with Torres’s post-Liverpool record haunting him fans aren’t likely to kick up a fuss if he does depart.
It’s believed that Atletico Madrid have already turned down the chance to recapture their former talisman, and so Chelsea’s options are severely limited. With his recent record nothing short of woeful - Milan spell included - the 30-year-old doesn’t have too many suitors willing to take him on and, as a result, his club will be forced to offer him out for free.
There’s sure to be a number of Premier League outfits ready to take a punt on the Spaniard, though for the man himself it will require a dramatic change of scenery. Since his blockbuster move to Anfield in 2007 he’s been considered one of the top strikers in the world, and even though his £50 million move to Stamford Bridge proved ultimately unsuccessful, his stock has never been as low as it is now.
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The situation Torres is facing could see him plying his trade in a club embroiled in a relegation struggle and, whilst a move could offer him the chance to turn his fortunes around, it could also make things considerably worse.
During today’s pre-match press conference for Chelsea’s clash against Hull City tomorrow, Mourinho made it clear that the misfiring forward would not be playing for the club as of the New Year, all but confirming the fact that another loan spell awaits should Torres be rejected by AC Milan.
The striker has only scored one goal in nine appearances for the Rossoneri, and under Filippo Inzaghi that’s not deemed good enough.