Chelsea are 'open' to shock star striker exit

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Chelsea are open to the possibility of allowing Fernando Torres to leave the club on loan next season if the Spanish striker decides the lure of first-team football elsewhere is too strong, according to Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca di Marzio.

Torres has struggled to prove himself as Chelsea's leading central striker throughout a difficult but trophy-laden three years at Stamford Bridge, with this season proving no different.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho has picked Samuel Eto'o to lead the line in the majority of Chelsea's big matches so far this term, with Torres completing 90 minutes in the Premier League just five times since August.

The 30-year-old has four goals in 22 league appearances and Mourinho is largely expected to spend big on a striker capable of delivering better numbers this summer, paving the way for Torres to leave if he is unhappy with a continued reduced role.

Inter Milan sporting director Perio Ausilio made a personal check on Torres during Chelsea's recent Champions League tie against Galatasaray, with Di Marzio reporting that the Nerazzurri are now actively pursuing a potential season-long loan deal.

Mourinho has a number of big decisions to make over central strikers this summer, with young Belgian powerhouse Romelu Lukaku still hoping to prove he deserves a chance to shine in West London.

With Eto'o also waiting on a new contract Torres may decide it's time to revitalise his career with a fresh challenge at the San Siro, although Inter are yet to make their interest concrete by registering a formal offer.

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