If Mourinho wishes his Chelsea side to improve, he must get Torres off the wage bill and bring in a world-class striker in top form.
Inter Milan are plotting a summer move for Fernando Torres and have the funds to pay the £20million fee Chelsea will demand for the striker who holds the British transfer record.
Torres has just over two years left on the £150,000-a-week deal he signed three years ago...and has been left in no doubt that Jose Mourinho will prioritise a big-money replacement.
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.
The move for Torres follows Inter announcing the capture of Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic for next season.
Torres has scored only four goals in the Premier League this season, nowhere near enough for a striker at a top club like Chelsea.
The Blues' problems up front have been exacerbated by the fact that Samuel Eto'o has only managed seven league goals.
Chelsea may sit at the top of the table, but an over-reliance on Eden Hazard, who has scored 13 league goals this season, could cost them if they do not bring in a new striker in the summer.
UEFA's Financial Fair Play restrictions mean that Chelsea must sell players if they are to make big-money signings. And if Inter are genuinely prepared to offer £20 million for Torres, Mourinho must sell.
There are many who will think Inter are offering over the odds, with this Guardian journalist echoing the thoughts of many:
Early on in his Chelsea career, Torres was given the benefit of the doubt when it came to his poor form, as many assumed he would eventually be able to turn it around.
However, he has never been able to display any type of consistent form while at Stamford Bridge. Small flourishes of his old brilliance have inevitably been followed by a return to lacklustre displays.
Torres' Chelsea career has brought him only 19 league goals from 68 appearances. This is a huge drop-off from his Liverpool days, as this OptaJoe stat illustrates:
4th - Best minutes/goal in PL history for one single club (min 30 goals) - Fernando Torres (Liverpool) one every 121 mins. Kid #OptaTopFives— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 6, 2014
And it seems that Mourinho has lost patience with the former Atletico Madrid player, as he is lining up some top strikers as transfer targets in the summer.
From Radamel Falcao to Edinson Cavani - Chelsea's transfer targets for this ... - Evening Standard http://t.co/0s1tF1IBG0— Chelsea Report (@ChelseaReport1) March 4, 2014
The likes of Edinson Cavani, Diego Costa and Mario Mandzukic will help Chelsea to progress further, while Torres is currently holding them back.
For all his former glories he is no longer good enough to lead the line at the top level.
If Mourinho wishes to invest in the future of Chelsea and bring in a striker who bags over 20 goals a season, he must get rid of Torres.