Big spending La Liga side want Stamford Bridge striker.
Atletico Madrid and Malaga are keeping tabs on Chelsea FC flop Fernando Torres with a view to making a bid either before the close of the transfer window on Wednesday or a cut price deal in January.
Torres, who is a Roman Abramovich signing has failed to impress since his arrival from Liverpool last January in a whopping £50m move and it is clear the Russian owner is becoming frustrated with the 27 year old he brought on board to help the side under the managerial guidance of Carlo Ancelotti.
Whilst it is believed the signing of Juan Mata may give Torres the required ball needed to find the net on more occasions, Torres has had ample chances without Mata playing and has so far shown that he is no longer the player he once was.
Whilst Spanish sides Malaga, and his original club Athletico Madrid are only enquiring at this stage they will expect to pay much less than the £50m Chelsea paid last January and would be looking to pay no more than £20m for a striker who scores only once per thirty attempts on goal.
Whilst clearly Fernando Torres is still in his infancy at Chelsea, having only arrived at Stamford Bridge seven months ago, there must be a genuine fear that the Spaniard is proving a very costly mistake. The former Liverpool man would have hoped to have started the season well to help exorcise the demons of the previous campaign and even though he started all three games of the season thus far the 27 year old has failed to net against Stoke City, West Brom and Norwich City.
In 21 appearances, 14 starts, Torres has managed to scored just one solitary goal and Andre Villas-Boas must be wondering how long he persists with the Spanish international. Arguably the Chelsea boss could afford to offload the faltering striker, after all he now has youthful and in form options in Romelu Lukaku and Daniel Sturridge as well as seasoned campaigners Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba, who between them have netted 203 goals for the West London club.
Of the two La Liga sides mentioned by this source Malaga seems the far more likely to have the cash and incentive to make an offer for the Blues star. Atletico Madrid, Fernando Torres first club, have just bought Radamel Falcao for £35m and may not therefore need further attacking options.
Malaga are being bankrolled by a member of Qatar’s ruling family and therefore have cash in abundance and have spent over £50m this summer and boss Manuel Pellegrini would dearly love to capture Fernando Torres. However if the Spanish side are only willing to offer £20m then it is unlikely Chelsea will consider a sale, especially as it appears that the purchase of the striker may have essentially been at the behest of owner Roman Abramovich and is seen as one of the main reasons why Carlo Ancelotti was axed.