Valencia In Talks to Sign Chelsea Striker Fernando Torres

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La Liga side keen on Stamford Bridge star.

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Valencia are reportedly in talks to sign Chelsea striker Fernando Torres according to Spanish source Super Deporte.

This source claims that though the Spaniard wasn’t initially all that keen on a move to the Mestalla there is a chance that the 29 year old Blues forward may be willing to re-examine the possibility of a move if he is not a prominent part of Jose Mourinho’s first team plans in the opening fixtures of the season.

Indeed Torres may get a sense of his importance in Mourinho’s team, or lack thereof, by the end of August and could then perhaps push for a move away from Stamford Bridge.

First team football is key to the striker’s chances of playing a leading role in Vicente del Bosque’s national team plans, clearly all the more crucial given that the 2014 World Cup finals are less than a year away.

Ironically Valencia want Torres to replace Roberto Soldado, who is strongly linked with a move to join Tottenham, who is himself looking to leave his La Liga side in order to make a high profile move to keep himself firmly in Del Bosque’s plans.

Though Torres has struggled in Premier League action, 15 goals in 82 appearances in the English top tier since moving to Chelsea, the former Liverpool man has less of an issue in cup competitions where he has managed a far more healthy return of 19 goals in 28 appearances.

Torres, though not always a starter, has also been relatively prolific for the Spanish national team, managing nine goals in his last 15 matches for La Roja.

First team action at Chelsea may well be limited if Mourinho manages to sign a big name forward and both Andre Schurrle and particularly Romelu Lukaku have both impressed in pre-season action.

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