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Atletico Madrid Plot £21.9m Bid for Chelsea Striker Fernando Torres

La Liga side consider move to bring Stamford Bridge flop back to the Vicente Calderon.

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Atletico Madrid are reportedly considering a bid for Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, who has struggled to find form since his January move to Stamford Bridge. The Spanish international has managed to net just one goal in 23 appearances for the Blues and speculation is rife that Andre Villas-Boas is ready to listen to offers for the former Liverpool marksman.

Torres started the first three Premier League matches of the season and although the 27 year old was performing relatively well, still did not manage to net in fixtures against relatively average opposition and Villas-Boas then dropped the striker and opted to bring in youngster Daniel Sturridge, who had been suspended for the first three games of the season, and the England Under 21 international duly scored at the Stadium of Light as Chelsea overcame Sunderland.

Atletico Madrid are on the look out for further striking reinforcements having sold Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan to Man City and Inter Milan respectively. Though newly installed boss Gregorio Manzano signed Radamel Falcao from FC Porto but could well be looking to bring in another striker and some sources believe they could make a bid for Torres in January.

The fact that Manzano was in charge at Atletico during Torres’s most prolific season, in 2003/04, may also give the La Liga side some hope of tempting the Spaniard to return to his first club.

During his seven seasons in the Atletico Madrid first team, Fernando Torres netted 91 goals and given his struggles in the Premier League a move back to the club he represented from age 11 to 23. However it is thought that Los Rojiblancos president Enrique Cerezo is only willing to offer up to €25m (£21.9m) and it seems unlikely that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich would sanction a sale for less than half of the fee paid to Liverpool.

Andre Villas-Boas is also said to be unhappy with a recent interview given by Torres where he appeared to imply that his team-mates were too slow to set up openings up front. The young Portuguese manager has a number of alternative attacking options ranging from the experienced, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka, to the up and coming, Romelu Lukaku, Daniel Sturridge and Juan Mata, so could perhaps afford to lose the services of a striker who many consider to have been a big flop since his move to West London 8 months ago.

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