Chelsea star duo move closer to joining Inter Milan

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Inter Milan president Erick Thohir watched Chelsea's victory over Paris Saint-Germain last night at Stamford Bridge in a bid to ramp up his efforts to sign both Fernando Torres and Jon Obi Mikel, according to

Thohir is desperate to restore Inter as one of continent's leading clubs and has the cash to match his ambitions, with Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic already committed to a lucrative San Siro switch for next season.

Vidic is expected to be the first of many Premier League players offered a big-money switch to Serie A, with Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna and Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko also being monitored carefully.

Much-maligned Chelsea striker Torres remains their top transfer target though, with reporting that Thohir holds a long-term interest in the Spanish forward and made the trip to West London with a summer bid in mind.

Torres played just nine minutes in Chelsea's 2-0 win over PSG last night, while Inter's other transfer target Mikel was an unused substitute, but Thohir's presence at the Bridge had a purpose far beyond a watching brief.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho is ready to reshape his squad this summer and must sell before he can buy, which puts Torres and Mikel high on the list of stars set to leave.

Mikel has started just nine Premier League games all season, while Torres continues to fall short of expectations thanks to a return of just four goals in 24 domestic appearances.

Mourinho is desperate to sign a top-class centre forward this summer and if Inter are willing to finance a loan switch expect the ex-Liverpool man to leave West London at the close of the campaign.

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