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Chelsea Transfer News: Jose Mourinho Must Sell Fernando Torres This Summer

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - FEBRUARY 26:  Fernando Torres of Chelsea turns to celebrate scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Galatasaray AS and Chelsea at Ali Sami Yen Arena on February 26, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2014

Jose Mourinho looks to have found an opportunity to offload Fernando Torres with reports suggesting Inter Milan would be interested in snapping up the Spaniard in the summer.

Bought for £50 million by Chelsea three years ago, Torres has never found the kind of form he displayed while at Liverpool.

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.

And as reported by Matt Barlow in the Daily MailItalian giants Inter are keen to bring the 29-year-old to the San Siro:

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.

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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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29:  Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on January 29, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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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:

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.

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.

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