Torres would welcome new striker to Chelsea

Fernando Torres insists that he’d welcome a new big-name striker to Chelsea in the summer, according to ESPN.co.uk.

The Blues have been linked with big-money moves for some of Europe’s top poachers, including Napoli’s Edinson Cavani and Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao, in the close season – transfers which could put Torres’ own future at the club under threat.

But the 29-year-old claims that he would not be fazed about competition for his place in the Chelsea starting line-up, whoever the club decide to bring in.

Torres said: “Since I came we have only signed top players, so it would not be a surprise if we signed Falcao. When you play for Chelsea, you’re always hoping big players come and the big names are always being linked with the club. You cannot stop that. Every player is welcome at Chelsea, every top player.

For me, I know I want to stay. If they change their minds it’s a different question, but the relationship between me and the club is very straight. It’s not a problem at all.

The Spanish international has scored 20 goals for Chelsea this season, although only seven of those strikes have come in the Premier League – a competition in which he hasn’t scored in 2013.

Demba Ba signed from Newcastle United in January but the Senegalese frontman has been similarly profligate, finding the net only twice in the league.

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