Fernando Torres and Javier Hernandez Transfers Discussed by Inter's Erik Thohir

Dan BrettContributor IIIMarch 11, 2014

Manchester United's Javier Hernandez, centre right, scores past Swansea City's goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel, left, during their English FA Cup third round soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Inter Milan president Erik Thohir has played down talk that the Italian side are looking to sign Chelsea's Fernando Torres and Manchester United's Javier Hernandez.

The strike duo had been linked with a move away from the Premier League, with Torres rumoured with an Italy move to free up funds for Chelsea to sign a new forward while meeting their Financial Fair Play obligations, per Daily Mail's Matt Barlow.

Hernandez was also targeted for a move to the San Siro after seeing his playing chances limited by manager David Moyes, with Forza Italian Football's Padraig Whelan telling of a move away from England, while Goal.com tweeted of yet more interest from abroad:

However, speaking with Inter's official website, Thohir rebuffed talk of a move for Hernandez, known as Chicharito, as well as Torres:

"He's a good player but we haven't discussed anything with Chicharito nor with Torres," Thohir said.

The Italians have struggled for goals from their front line in Serie A this season, despite Rodrigo Palacio netting 12 league goals, with Diego Milito and Mauro Icardi chipping in with five strikes between them, per WhoScored.

Attacking midfielders Freddy Guarin and Ricardo Alvarez have scored three and four goals respectively this term, with the club's second-highest scorer situated in defence through Yuto Nagatomo.

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Sitting fifth-placed and 28 points behind league leaders Juventus, the gulf in quality continues to grow as Inter remain without a trophy since 2011, and the need for firepower remains prominent on Inter's agenda.

However, it looks like the club will be looking elsewhere as Torres and Hernandez remain unclear as to where they will be plying their trade next season.

As for Chelsea and United, it remains to be seen how they will mould their own striking options, should the pair leave.

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Hernandez has largely been used as a substitute under Moyes this season, coming off of the bench to bag himself two goals and two assists in four starts and 12 appearances off the bench, per WhoScored.

With Moyes looking to clear the decks at Old Trafford, and Robin van Persie linked with a move back to Arsenal, per Metro's James Boylan, the potential is there for Hernandez to fall even further down the pecking order if the Scotsman looks to bring in new attacking personnel.

Speaking with Record ahead of his recent call-up for Mexico, Hernandez' frustrations at Old Trafford were apparent, per Sky Sports' Paulo Freitas:

I am very eager to play as my club don't take me much into account. I hope I have the opportunity to play. When you are called up, you have to be thankful and if not called up, you have to keep working. I am very happy and thankful with this call-up, like I was when I was called up for the first time.

Torres' stint at Chelsea has been far from impressive as talk of the Spaniard's exit increases, with the forward notching just four goals in 20 league appearances this season, per WhoScored. Jose Mourinho's side have had to heavily rely on midfielders to bag the goals with top-striking forward Samuel Eto'o claiming just seven strikes.

Torres may feel he still has plenty to prove at Stamford Bridge, following his big-money move from Liverpool, but with on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku staking his claim for a return after impressive form for Everton, and Mourinho remaining coy over a move for Mario Balotelli—per Sky Sports—the Spaniard's opportunities may become limited come the end of the season.