Barcelona Make Surprise £17m Bid for Chelsea Striker Fernando Torres

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Nou Camp side keen on Stamford Bridge flop.

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Barcelona’s search for a new supporting striker has led Tito Vilanova, surprisingly, to Stamford Bridge with claiming that the Catalan side are willing to offer €20m (£17m) for 29 year old Spaniard Fernando Torres.

With speculation rife that David Villa could be about to leave Barcelona and with Alexis Sanchez struggling for form in 2012/13 there is certainly scope for a new striking option and clearly any new addition would play second fiddle to Neymar, who has been brought in to play alongside Neymar, with the likes of Pedro and youngster Cristian Tello perhaps being used as a third prong in what would be a phenomenal attack.

Torres may well jump at the chance of a move to the Nou Camp but clearly an offer of £17m is barely a third of the £50m Roman Abramovich invested in the former Liverpool man two and a half years ago.

A succession of manager gave Torres enough of a chance to shine, with interim boss Rafa Benitez steadfastly opting to use Torres in Premier League action, but he hasn’t come close to justifying the British transfer record fee paid to bring him to West London.

Torres has scored 35 goals in 131 appearances, of which only 15 came at Premier League level.

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