Fernando Torres and Lukas Podolski wanted by Juventus

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Italian champions Juventus are on the lookout for a new striker - and have added Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski, Chelsea forward Fernando Torres and AS Monaco’s Radamel Falcao to their wish-list.

This is according to Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport who report that while Falcao remains the Italian club’s first-choice option, in the last few hours it has emerged that Podolski and Torres are being seriously considered by manager Massimiliano Allegri as potential alternatives.

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Falcao: Most expensive of trio

Falcao would undoubtedly be the most expensive of the trio. The 28-year-old Colombia international, who reportedly has his heart set on a move to Real Madrid, would also command monster wages.

So too, though, would Torres. The Spain international currently earns £175,000-a-week at Stamford Bridge - and, even though Mourinho is unlikely to play him very often this season, remains content to stay with the west London outfit despite falling down the pecking order.

Mourinho desperate to sell Torres

Torres is contracted to Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2016, but Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is desperate to sell him before the current transfer window closes on September 1.

Mourinho has 18 overseas first-team players in his squad, but only 17 places available. And although Chelsea’s second-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech is a man in demand, Mourinho would sooner sell - or loan out - Torres than get rid of last season’s PFA Premier League Goalkeeper of the Year.

Watch: Torres in action for Chelsea

Wenger keen to offload Podolski

The situation is not too dissimilar for Podolski at Arsenal. The Germany international, who earns £100,000-a-week at the Emirates Stadium, is not a first-choice option for manager Arsene Wenger.

The veteran Gunners’ boss is open to the idea of selling the left-footed forward, provided the price is right, after spending £32 million on Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez earlier this summer. The return of Joel Campbell from his successful loan spell with Olympiakos, and subsequently impressive showing for Costa Rica at this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil, is also a factor behind Wenger’s decision to allow Podolski to leave the club.

The German World Cup winner is a popular figure at Arsenal, but has struggled to produce his best form since arriving from Cologne in 2012. In 53 Premier League appearances with the Gunners, he has found the back of the net on 19 occasions.

In order to secure his signature, though, Juventus will need to fend off stiff competition from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, who are keen to take the Poland-born striker back to Germany in the coming days.

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