Chelsea striker Fernando Torres was the subject of a scouting trip from Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio last night, with the Daily Mail reporting that the Nerazzurri chief was at Stamford Bridge to step up his interest in the Spanish forward.
Ausillo has been a busy man over the last few weeks, as Inter bid for a wholesale summer shake-up which is set to see them target a whole host of Premier League stars.
Inter have already closed a deal for Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic and Torres is thought to be next on their radar, with manager Walter Mazzarri desperate for quality attacking options next season.
Unfortunately for Ausillo he had close to a wasted trip in terms of watching Torres up close and personal in the Champions League, with Blues boss Jose Mourinho preferring Samuel Eto'o in a lone central strike role.
Torres had to settle for a cameo role in Chelsea's comfortable 2-0 victory over Galatasaray, playing only the final five minutes as the Blues secured safe passage to the quarter-finals with minimum fuss.
The 29-year-old has just over two years left on his Chelsea contract, giving Mourinho a decision to make on his future this summer as the Blues continue to search for a world-class striker.
Both Demba Ba and Torres are fighting for their futures and Inter a primed to take advantage, while also actively pursuing a summer deal for Chelsea midfielder Jon Obi Mikel to boot.
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