Valencia want to replace Soldado with Chelsea striker Torres

Fernando Torres will be offered the chance to end his Chelsea tenure and return to Spain with Valencia if the La Liga club sell Roberto Soldado to Tottenham Hotspur, ESPN has reported.

Soldado is expected to move to the Premier League in a £26m deal and Valencia are lining up replacements for the striker, with Torres considered a prime choice at the Mestalla. Torres, a £50m signing by Chelsea in January 2011, would be the subject of a bid worth around half that amount should Valencia make their interest formal.

ESPN adds that Torres has not yet indicated if he is interested in the move, having left Spanish football in 2007 when he joined Liverpool from Atletico Madrid. Likewise, Roman Abramovich may be unwilling to accept a hefty loss on the Torres transfer but manager Jose Mourinho has this summer actively pursued Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, suggesting Torres will be more of a bit-part player in the coming season.

Torres scored 22 goals in 64 appearances last season, twice the amount he netted the year before in 15 more games, and has scored a total of 115 goals in 273 games with Liverpool and Chelsea, including 33 in his debut campaign at Anfield.

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