Fernando Torres may not be returning to Atletico Madrid this summer, with speculation suggesting that the La Liga champions are only willing to pay Chelsea approximately £10 million for the striker's services.
Reports emanating from the Spain on Monday suggested that Los Rojiblancos were indeed reluctant to match the Blues' £13 million valuation of Torres, and updated reports from Spain cited by talkSPORT have now revealed the amount they are actually content to spend on bringing the Spanish international back to the Vicente Calderon.
Indeed, the same source further suggests that such a disagreement has thrown the potential transfer into jeopardy, with Atletico also believed to harbour understandable concerns about Torres' high wages.
Monaco handed an advantage?
Atletico's reluctance to match Chelsea's rather reasonable asking price would appear to hand a significant advantage to Monaco, with the French outfit - who finished runners-up to fellow moneybags Paris Saint-Germain in the Ligue 1 title race last season - having also been linked with a move for Torres in recent days.
Yesterday's sale of Colombian playmaker and World Cup Golden Boot holder James Rodriguez to Real Madrid has left new manager Leonardo Jardim a little shorter on quality in the attacking third at Stade Louis II, and the Portuguese presumably views Torres as ideal foil for the returning Radamel Falcao.
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Torres could stay
If Monaco are also unwilling to bend to Chelsea's demands with regards to Torres, it is worth remembering that the club are under no real obligation to sell and may even be content to see the player stay in West London.
While the 30-year-old has certainly failed to live up to his enormous £50 million billing since arriving at Stamford Bridge from Premier League rivals Liverpool back in 2011, the recent departures of Samuel Eto'o - who was released following the end of his contract - and Demba Ba - who was sold to Turkish side Besiktas - mean that Jose Mourinho is not exactly blessed with strength in depth up-front.
If Torres were indeed to remain at Chelsea for the 2014/15 campaign and provide support for international teammate and new signing Diego Costa, one wonders what potential ramifications that could have for the future of Romelu Lukaku.
Despite having flourished during respective loan spells with West Brom and Everton, the Belgian starlet - who netted 15 goals in 31 games at during a season-long stint at Goodison Park - still does not appear guaranteed of a future with Chelsea and a lack of first-team opportunities could presumably seal a permanent exit.
Didier Drogba's decision on his next destination could also have a big impact on both Torres and Lukaku, with the Chelsea legend said to have been offered a one-year deal to return to his former club following spells with Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasaray.
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