£50m flop closes in on Stamford Bridge exit.
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Tottenham Hotspur are set to enquire over the possible signing of Chelsea striker Fernando Torres after the Spaniard was left out of his side’s squad to face Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.
The 30-year-old has endured a difficult time at Stamford Bridge since his £50m move from Liverpool in 2011, scoring only 20 Premier League goals in 110 appearances to find himself now behind new signings Diego Costa and Didier Drogba in the club’s pecking order.
Torres has been linked with an exit from Chelsea on a number of occasions this summer and is currently thought to be a top target for AC Milan as they eye a replacement after agreeing a deal to sell Mario Balotelli to Liverpool, though Tottenham are now also ready to try their luck with a bid.
The north London outfit have been eyeing a new signing upfront for much of the summer after some disappointing displays from £27m signing Roberto Soldado last season – another player possibly on Milan’s radar after Balotelli’s move to Anfield.
Although Torres has been in poor form for the last few years, it is thought that new Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is ready to take a gamble on the player, and may try signing him on a season-long loan deal from the Blues, though they will likely try to bring in some cash for the player who remains their club-record signing.
After establishing himself as one of the best strikers in the world during his time at Liverpool, Torres could prove a clever signing by Tottenham if he can find his best form again at White Hart Lane, with a player who can provide more goals sure to be useful to Pochettino this season.
As well as Soldado’s disappointing form, Emmanuel Adebayor has been inconsistent as ever, with little in the way of backup currently on offer at the club, and with other big names such as Wilfried Bony and Jay Rodriguez being linked with the club for much of this transfer window.
After this latest snub against Leicester, Torres looks almost certain to leave, and it just remains to be seen who will win the race to snap him up as he looks for a new club.