In a case of which European media outlet do you believe, Eurosport is reporting that Atletico Madrid and Chelsea have held talks to discuss a potential deal that could see Fernando Torres return to Atletico Madrid.
Meanwhile, Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo quotes an unnamed Atletico Madrid source, saying that no talks have taken place.
According to Eurosport, Atletico chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin has been in London discussing the deal with Chelsea representatives.
Despite being number three on the all-time Spanish goal scorers list Fernando Torres has struggled to consistently find the net for Chelsea. The ex-Liverpool number 9 now finds himself in an uncomfortable position at Stamford Bridge – warming the bench. Despite the exit of rival striker Demba Ba to Turkey, he may still find himself surplus to requirements at Chelsea with the return of Romelu Lukaku and arrival of Diego Costa from Atletico.
Fernando Torres began his football education at Atletico and paved his way into the first team, debuting at only 16, progressing steadily and scoring 75 goals in 174 La Liga games for his boyhood club. El Nino (the boy) captained Atletico at 19 and could now return to the team where he first made his name.
With Atletico and Chelsea engaging in a number of transactions over the last month, we may see another transfer concluded between Jose Mourinho’s side and beaten Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid. As mentioned Diego Costa has already made his move to the English Premier League, along with Brazilian defender Filipe Luis. Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has returned from Atleti to Chelsea, after being on loan at the Spanish club. Chelsea have also enquired about centre-back Miranda, although Simeone is understandably resisting losing any more of his squad players.
Chelsea are reluctantly contemplating taking a cut-price fee in the region of £14 million for Torres – who is 30 and has had a number of injury issues. Atletico feel their offer is fair, but Chelsea ideally want closer to £20 million.
Torres has only scored 45 times in 172 matches for Chelsea, nothing like the blistering form that got him his £50 million move to Stamford Bridge. He notched 81 goals in 142 games for Liverpool and was the first Reds player to score more than 20 league goals in a season since Robbie Fowler, and the quickest ever player to reach 50 league goals for the club.