Chelsea have begun talks with Inter Milan over the possibility of a loan move for Fernando Torres - clearing the way for Blues boss Jose Mourinho to make a move for Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa, according to the Evening Standard.
Torres has started less than half of Chelsea's Premier League games this season, and is likely to be shipped out at the end of the campaign.
The Spaniard has spent a frustrating three years at Stamford Bridge having joined the club for a British record £50 million, and has never truly recaptured the form he demonstrated at Liverpool.
In 162 appearances for Chelsea, he's scored just 44 goals, and now it seems as though Mourinho will bite the bullet and let Torres leave in the summer.
According to the Evening Standard, Inter Milan is a potential destination for the forward. They report that Chelsea have already decided that enough is enough with Torres, and that Inter have made their interest apparent.
However the Italian club are not willing to pay all of his wages, and hope to cut a deal with the Blues having started negotiations.
Mourinho has previously confirmed that he'll look to bring in a new striker in the summer having watched his forward line falter this season.
According to reports, landing Diego Costa is at the top of his priorities; the Brazilian-born hitman has scored 25 goals in 30 La Liga appearances this season, putting him only behind Cristiano Ronaldo as the league's highest scorer.
Mourinho highlighted his lack of option in attack as one of the reasons for Chelsea's damaging 1-0 defeat against lowly Crystal Palace last weekend, which has severely dented their hopes of winning the title.
"I don't think it's the moment to speak about next season and the market but it's clear to everybody that Chelsea next year wants to bring in a striker," he said after the game at Selhurst Park.
"What's the future for the other strikers? The ones who are staying are competing with the striker we are bringing [in]. And normally, at the end of the season, players that are not playing a lot or players who are not happy may prefer a change.
"That is also part of the market. We want to improve the team and the players and make some surgical movements in the transfer window.
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