Jose Mourinho insists Fernando Torres will remain a Chelsea player for the 2014-15 season, even as the club become more closely linked with a move for Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani.
The Spanish striker's flagging form has seen him pitched as a potential departure from Stamford Bridge, but Sky Sports' Pete O'Rourke quotes the Portuguese, who says Torres will stay in West London:
Jose Mourinho says Fernando Torres will not be sold this summer. #CFC— Pete O'Rourke (@SkySportsPeteO) July 31, 2014
With Romelu Lukaku completing a £28 million transfer to Everton, per BBC Sport, there is less competition for places in Mourinho's attack, as new signings Diego Costa and Didier Drogba (again) look to leave their mark.
Cavani is quoted by ESPN FC's Miguel Delaney, stating on PSG's Asian tour that he's content in the French capital, denying suggestions he'll leave Laurent Blanc's outfit this summer: "I am certain to stay, why wouldn't I be? I feel great in Paris. I have a contract to respect with PSG. I'm calm. I prefer to be here. I feel good here. But as I have said before, it doesn't only depend on the player, but also on certain things that can happen at the club."
The report claims Chelsea have already made contact with the Uruguayan's representatives regarding a switch, with Mourinho hoping to add the firepower that's been sorely lacking up front in recent years.
Delaney also claims any public protests against an exit by Cavani aren't genuine, and that the striker is hoping to secure the transfer, which would cost the Blues something in the region of £40 million:
Chelsea weighing up £40m move for Cavani, who wants to go there, regardless of what he says publicly http://t.co/NDB6kgHWM8— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) July 31, 2014
Lukaku's sale goes some way in helping finance such an offer, but Chelsea will be wary of Financial Fair Play as they go about their summer business, having seen Manchester City and PSG hit with fines and squad limitations due to their spending.
Manchester United have also been associated with a move for Cavani's services, per the Express' Ben Jefferson. Ian Holyman of ESPN FC believes the Uruguayan would be a great deal for the Red Devils:
@JohhynE don't know, but you cannot deny Cavani would be a great signing.— Ian Holyman (@ian_holyman) July 31, 2014
Jefferson adds Cavani's sale would in turn help PSG finance a move for Real Madrid's Angel di Maria, with whom they've been fervently linked of late.
Blanc's side are paying close attention to Financial Fair Play this summer, and are reportedly on a stricter sell-to-buy basis than seen in previously years.
One difficult factor for Chelsea in bringing Cavani to Stamford Bridge is the club's need to meet the foreign player quotas of both the Premier League and Champions League.
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Drogba's re-signing brought the club's number of foreign players over the age of 21 up to 18, one more than the 17-player maximum. This means any Cavani arrival would force the club into selling two over-21 foreigners, instead of the currently required one.
Torres has two years left to run on his deal at Stamford Bridge and has far from lived up to the expectations thrust upon him at the time of his £50 million move from Liverpool three-and-a-half years ago.
However, part of the club's reason for keeping the 30-year-old may be due to a lack of potential buyers, the Daily Mail's Simon Jones reporting that former club Atletico Madrid will pay no more than £14 million for their academy product.
As if Costa and Drogba don't offer enough competition in attack, Cavani would undoubtedly limit Torres' influence even more, the Spanish international having netted just five times in 28 Premier League appearances last season, per Squawka.
Mourinho is evidently intent on amassing a crop of attackers that he feels can guide his club to silverware in the coming campaign, and it's possible both players may be competing for the same places in 2014-15.