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Inter Milan to Launch £25m Bid for Chelsea Striker Fernando Torres

by Christian Bailey

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San Siro side keen on Stamford Bridge man.

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Inter Milan boss Claudio Ranieri will look to raid his former club to sign Fernando Torres after pulling out of the race to purchase Man City striker Carlos Tevez. San Siro president Massimo Moratti will sanction a £25m bid for the Chelsea man and will hope that such an offer will tempt Andre Villas-Boas to sell the Spaniard, who cost the club £50m a year ago.

Torres has struggled for form during his first year at the West London club and has spent large portions of this campaign on the bench leading some to wonder if Villas-Boas sees the former Liverpool man as part of his plans. The 27 year old has scored just two Premier League goals this season and hasn’t netted at all in his past 15 matches.

Villas-Boas has handed more starts to Didier Drogba, Daniel Sturridge and Juan Mata than he has to Torres and an offer from Inter Milan may well be considered and Torres himself may be tempted by a move that could re-ignite his career ahead of the Euro 2012 finals this summer.

Inter Milan started the season appallingly, leading to the sacking of boss Gian Piero Gasperini, but Ranieri has got the Nerazzurri back on form, winning seven games on the trot and moving to within six points of top of the table Juventus. The Italian giants had been in talks to sign Carlos Tevez but pulled out of the race for the Argentine but their interest was a sign of the club’s interest in bringing in new attacking options.

Torres had been a prolific marksman at Atletico Madrid, 91 goals in 243 appearances, and Liverpool where he struck 81 goals in 142 matches, but things have not worked for the Spanish international at Chelsea and even though the Blues invested a British transfer record fee in the striker they may be willing to consider offers after a disastrous year at the club.

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