Ligue 1 side chase Stamford Bridge forward.
AS Monaco are set to fight Atletico Madrid in pursuit of Chelsea forward Fernando Torres according to the Metro.
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The 30 year old has come nowhere near justifying the £50m the Blues paid Liverpool for his services back in January 2011 and now the west London side are finally ready to call time on the Spanish international’s faltering spell at Stamford Bridge though will demand £20m for the forward.
Former club Atletico Madrid are only willing to offer £13m though Ligue 1 big spenders AS Monaco are ready to meet Chelsea’s valuation and it’s a move that Torres may be tempted by, not least as the principality side are likely to be able to offer a huge, tax-free, salary.
Torres’s three and a half year stint at Chelsea has been littered with goal droughts and the arrival of Diego Costa is sure to limit the experienced striker’s chances in 2014/15 and a fresh challenge could be best for all concerned.
AS Monaco secured a healthy second place finish in their first season back in the French top tier, securing Champions League football, and a move to Stade Louis II seems a sensible way to help boost Jose Mourinho’s transfer fund pot.
Torres has netted 45 goals in 172 appearances for Chelsea, with just 20 of those coming in Premier League action.
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