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Inter Milan are ready to offer Chelsea a surprise solution to their striking problems by taking Fernando Torres off their hands for £20million, according to a report in Saturday's Daily Mail.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to sign a new striker in the summer, but with Torres, Samuel Eto'o, Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba on the books and UEFA's financial fair play rules needing to be adhered to, he cannot buy a new forward without selling first.
Few of those players—bar Lukaku, perhaps—retain great resale value, except Torres if Inter make their move.
The Mail reports:
Mourinho was caught on camera less than two weeks in a private conversation with the boss of a Swiss watch company complaining that his team did not have a striker as it challenged for the Barclays Premier League title.
Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa, Monaco's Radamel Falcao and AC Milan's Mario Balotelli are among his targets but Chelsea must recoup much of their spending to keep within UEFA's Financial Fair Play restrictions.
Torres is one who will command a decent fee, even if his value has plummeted during three inconsistent years at Stamford Bridge.
Inter's new owner, Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir insists he will not waste millions on rebuilding the team but he backed manager Walter Mazzarri in January by funding a £17m swoop for Hernanes.
Representatives from the Italian club were in dialogue with Chelsea during the January transfer window, asking about Juan Mata and offering Fredy Guarin in return. No deals were struck but contact was strengthened and the Italians could return for Torres.