Torres linked with Chelsea exit as Falcao move beckons

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is ready to quit Stamford Bridge just two years after his £50m move from Liverpool and return to his homeland Spain, The Daily Mail reports.

Roman Abramovich is ready to accept that the mega-money he paid for Torres was a gamble and rumours are circulating of swap deal involving Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao. Torres reportedly has his heart set on a move back to Spain, possibly with his former side Atletico, as he looks to re-establish his position as one of the elite strikers in world football.

Torres was lacklustre in the 2-1 defeat against West Brom last Saturday and with Roberto di Matteo admitting he was a fan of the Colombian striker, a swap between Falcao and Torres seems plausible. Atletico Madrid’s financial difficulties mean that a deal could be arranged, but Falcao has a £46m release clause in his contract which the Spanish side will be hoping to accept an offer with a vast majority of that figure incorporated.

The Blues have only seen a return of four goals from Torres this season, as he was thrust into the limelight as Chelsea’s leading striker following Didier Drogba’s departure. Atletico sold Torres to Liverpool for £25m and the 28 year old is still respected at the Vicente Calderon, so a return could be an option as Chelsea look to strike with their target of Falcao.

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