Atletico Madrid in talks over Fernando Torres return

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Fernando Torres is reportedly the subject of transfer talks between Chelsea and the Spaniard's former club Atletico Madrid.

According to the Spanish sources cited by Metro, the Blues are currently in discussions with last season's La Liga champions over Torres, with Los Rojiblancos apparently eager to see the club's former captain return to the Vicente Calderon.

However, it is further claimed that Atletico - who sold star striker Diego Costa to Chelsea for a fee of £32 million just last month - are not, at this stage at least, willing to match the Premier League outfit's rather measly £13 million valuation.

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Torres struggles

Such a surprising low price tag and indeed Atletico's issue with it speaks volumes at how Torres has repeatedly struggled to replicate past glories at Stamford Bridge.

Having established himself as one of the most encouraging and exciting forward prospects in Europe during his formative years at Atletico, the 30-year-old - who remains part of Spain's international squad and featured at the recent World Cup - further developed a reputation as arguably the world's most formidable striker following a move to Liverpool in 2007.

Such stellar form at Anfield earned Torres a lucrative £50 million British record switch to Chelsea three years ago, but such an extravagant and frankly ridiculous sum has only served to increase the pressure and subsequent disappointment at his lack of incisiveness and consistency in West London.

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Atletico move makes sense

Torres' future has been the subject of several transfer rumours already this summer, with Inter Milan having been frequently linked with his services as they seek to propel themselves back into the Serie A title race.

A return to Atletico, however, would certainly appear to make a great degree of sense.

Despite his departure and indifferent spell at Chelsea, Torres - who made over 200 appearances during his previous stint at the club - is still largely highly-regarded by the passionate Atletico supporters and would presumably be welcomed back with open arms.

For Torres, such a move would represent the opportunity for him to set his career back on the right track in familiar surroundings where he knows he will receive the support he needs to thrive under former teammate Diego Simeone.

If indeed Chelsea can successfully negotiate Torres' exit, then Jose Mourinho - who recently proclaimed after the arrival of Brazilian left-back Filipe Luis that he had finished his transfer business ahead of the new season - will surely be forced to re-enter the market to provide support for Costa.

The recent sale of Demba Ba to Besiktas and the release of veteran Samuel Eto'o following the expiration of his one-year contract has already left Chelsea somewhat short on established senior strikers, something that could perhaps tempt Mourinho into keeping hold of Belgian starlet Romelu Lukaku.

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