Chelsea are considering offloading £50million crash and burn signing Fernando Torres back to his childhood club Atletico Madrid in return for striker Falcao.
The Blues have reportedly been on the chase for Columbian striker Radamel Falcao for quite some time and if the move comes through, Torres would be more of a surplus for the club than he is at the moment.
The in-form Columbian has a £50million buy-out clause in his contract with Atletico and Chelsea will be looking to sweeten the deal with former captain and fan favourite Torres.
A cash-plus-player swap deal looks to be on the cards with the La Liga side seemingly open to discussions on both Falcao’s exit and the potential return of their former poster child.
When asked about the club’s stance on a Torres return, Atletico manager Diego Simeone – who played together with Torres for the Madrid side – told Spanish radio Onda Cero that the situation was complicated but the he wasn’t going to rule it out.
Fernando knows the history of Atletico Madrid, he knows what it means to play for this club. I don’t need to speak about his ability as we were team-mates. I know how important he can be.
Right now Fernando’s playing for another team and we will have to wait until the end of the season, and we have to decide which players could come here.
Simeone was also unclear on Falcao’s presence in the club for the coming season. The former Porto striker has been on target for Atletico 25 times in 28 appearances and the red and white side of Madrid seems resigned that the Columbian will be one his way out come summer.
“It’s complicated. I wouldn’t like to say yes or no. He’s a player who always performs and we have to respect his choice,” said Simeone.
Fernando Torres is said to be valued at around £10m in the possible cash-plus-player swap, which is an expected but nonetheless crushing nosedive for the Spanish striker, who broke the transfer record in his move from Liverpool to Chelsea in 2011.
Torres has since scored 14 goals in 51 Premier League appearances for Chelsea.