Fernando Torres to get Besiktas offer

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Besiktas are ready to meet Fernando Torres's financial demands in an effort to persuade the Chelsea striker to move to Turkey.

According to A Bola, the Istanbul-based side have made signing Torres one of their main aims of the summer transfer window, and have set aside a budget to meet his wage request.

The Chelsea forward is one of the best paid players at Stamford Bridge, having signed a lucrative contract following his £50m move from Liverpool in 2011.

Jose Mourinho's frustration

And he may be a casualty of Jose Mourinho's rebuilding efforts this off-season, as the Chelsea boss looks to strengthen an attacking unit that failed to impress last season.

Eden Hazard was the club's top scorer with 14 Premier League goals, more than Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba. Mourinho publicly questioned the output of his strikers on more than one occasion last year, and he's been linked with a £32m move for Atletico Madrid and Spain striker Diego Costa.

Torres has insisted that he would not be willing to give up his Chelsea place without a fight, and would be prepared to battle his Spanish international teammate for a starting place should the move eventually go through.

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But Torres may not have much choice in the matter if Mourinho decides to move forward without him. The Chelsea boss could freeze Torres out of the first-team squad, in an attempt to force him to move on.

Chelsea striker situation

Demba Ba is also a target for a number of Turkish clubs while Samuel Eto'o has not had his contract renewed at Stamford Bridge.

All three could conceivably leave Stamford Bridge this summer, especially if Mourinho secures a deal for Costa and then looks to bring in another - possibly Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic.

Torres will not be short of options should he decide to leave Chelsea, it just remains to be seen whether he believes Turkey would be the best move for him at this stage in his career.

Atletico Madrid return?

He recently turned 30, but would still believe he has at least two years playing at the highest level in Europe's top leagues - something to which the Turkish Super Lig does not qualify.

Instead, he has been linked with a return to Atletico Madrid and he may see that as the preferable option. After all, he's something of a hero at the Vicente Calderon...

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