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Chelsea are in talks with both AS Monaco and Atletico Madrid about the potential sale of Fernando Torres, according to the Daily Mirror.
Torres' future has been the subject of speculation for many months now, with many seeing little future for him at Stamford Bridge—especially following the summer signing of Diego Costa, from Atletico. The Spanish champions now need to replace the striker, with former academy graduate Torres seemingly at the top of their list.
They will face strong competition from Monaco, however, who have money to spend after selling James Rodriguez to Real Madrid.
John Cross reports:
Spanish champions Atletico Madrid are locked in a transfer battle with Monaco for Chelsea striker Fernando Torres.
Atletico have made a fresh approach to take Torres back to his boyhood club.
But Monaco are now serious contenders as they look to replace James Rodriguez, who has joined Real Madrid, and Radamel Falcao, who could soon go the same way.
Atletico chief executive Miguel Angel Gil, who sold striker Diego Costa to Chelsea earlier this summer, has held talks with the Blues about a cut-price deal to bring Torres 'home' seven years after he left for Liverpool in a £26m deal.
They only want to pay around £15m for the 30-year-old, whose career with the Londoners has failed to take off since a £50m move from Liverpool three and a half years ago.
Chelsea would want around £20m and Atletico have been told they must raise their price and match his contract, with Torres in no rush to leave Stamford Bridge.