Chelsea are willing to offer Fernando Torres to Brazilian outfit Corinthians in order to beat Barcelona to wonderkid Malcom.
The 17-year-old is earning quite a reputation in his home country, and could be the latest south American import to arrive in the Premier League in the new year.
He is also attracting interest from Barcelona but Chelsea believe they have a trump card to get the youngster in Torres. The 30-year-old signed a two-year loan deal with AC Milan over the summer but things have already started to turn sour.
So far the Spaniard has managed just one goal for his new club, and reports this week suggest that Milan are looking at ways to call of his move already. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has already insisted that he won't be on his way back to Stamford Bridge any time soon.
"That's an impossible picture," Mourinho said earlier this month. "He's on loan for two seasons at AC Milan. We have no space. We have no space for players in our list either in the Champions League or in the Premier League.
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"But I have to say that nobody from AC Milan made contact with us thinking about that possibility."
He could help Chelsea land the player the do want, although a move to Brazil may not appeal to the former Atletico Madrid man.
According to the Express, who cite reports in Brazil as a source, Corinthians are open to doing the deal as they look to bolster their striker options, although it is unlikely that they would be able to afford Torres' huge £150,000-per-week wage packet.
It was reported yesterday that AC Milan were hoping to offload him back to Atletico Madrid in exchange for Allessio Cerci who is struggling to settle in at the Vicente Calderon following his own summer switch.
However if Chelsea are able to use him in a deal for Malcom then that may not happen, although it is not exactly clear what the terms of his loan agreement are and whether they can recall the forward when the wish.