Chelsea set for Torres move
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chelsea are lining up for a renewed bid for Atletico Madrid starlet Fernando Torres.Chelsea supremo Roman Abramovich is understood to be lining up for a renewed bid for Atletico Madrid starlet Fernando Torres.
Abramovich first made a move for Torres in 2003, just after he had acquired the West London outfit.
Atletico, though, have stood firm - also rejecting offers from Milan and Manchester United over the two seasons, all of which were around the é¼40 million (£27 million) mark.
Chelsea are now ready to go back to Vicente Calderon and offer them Romanian misfit Adrian Mutu, plus an estimated é¼35 million (£24 million) in cash.
Atletico are loathed to lose Torres - who is their skipper and undoubted talisman.
Torres has never shirked from his commitment to Atletico's cause and 42 goals in just over three seasons is a great return for a 20-year-old.
Spanish titans Barcelona and Real Madrid have both kept close tabs on his career, but Atletico would rather see Torres move abroad - if indeed he did move at all.
Chelsea are now looking to land Torres as early as January, with Mutu the possible key to any deal.
Atletico have always vehemently denied that they would be ready to listen to offers for Torres, but Abramovich will now be hoping a deal worth close to é¼50 million could persuade The Rojiblancos to sell.
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