Fernando Torres continues to fall on the depth chart after the summer signings of Diego Costa and Didier Drogba.
By now, we're all familiar with the decline of Fernando Torres.
The former Liverpool star has never been able to find his way at Chelsea and managed just 20 goals in 110 league appearances. Compare that to his 65 goals in 102 Premier League games for Liverpool and you see just how precipitous his drop has been.
Last season, Torres made 28 league appearances—16 of which were starts—and recorded five goals and five assists. That calculates at a goal every 315 minutes, or three-and-a-half matches, which is very poor.
Diego Costa is currently the unequivocal starter, while Didier Drogba's swansong has begun with substitute appearances in both of Chelsea's league matches this season.
Jose Mourinho favors him on the wing, but 23-year-old German international Andre Schurrle is another option up top, leaving very little playing time for Torres to reasonably contend for.
Now 30 years old, the Spain international will have little impact on the future, but he would represent a decent rotation option if Milan are able to strike favorable terms.
Naturally, Adriano Galliani is attempting to strike a one-year loan deal, but Torres is said to want a three-year contract, according to AC Milan News' Twitter Page (h/t Sky).
He's lost most of his pace and confidence, so tying him up on a long-term deal doesn't make sense, especially considering that the salary he'll command would make him one of the club's highest-paid players.
Via Transfermarkt, Torres is still worth €12 million, but it's imperative for Galliani to haggle. It just doesn't make fiscal sense to invest that kind of money on a fading star who won't make Milan younger at the position.
Milan recently made the egregious error of vastly overpaying for a past-his-prime Alessandro Matri and can't afford to make such a mistake again.
Of the four, Torres is the most likely to sign with the Diavolo.