Reports: Atletico Madrid looking at dramatic swoop for Chelsea’s Fernando Torres

Reports: Atletico Madrid looking at dramatic swoop for Chelsea’s Fernando Torres

La Liga champions Atletico Madrid are being linked with a dramatic swoop for their former hero, Fernando Torres, who is available to leave Chelsea, according to the Daily Star.

Torres, 30, left Atletico in 2007 for Liverpool after growing through the youth ranks at the Spanish club. He became captain at a young age and was idolised by fans, but left for England and became a superstar in the Premier League.

Over the next three-and-a-half-years the Spaniard became a cult figure at Anfield but then ended things badly by moving to Chelsea where he has struggled ever since. In the league since January 2011 after moving for £50 million, Torres has scored just 20 goals which is horrendous and Jose Mourinho is now looking at letting him go.

Mourinho offered him chances last season but the Spaniard continually let him down and his Chelsea career now seems over, with Atletico Madrid offering him a way out and a chance of redemption to turn his career around.

Chelsea actually have to sell one of their foreign players aged over 21 as the signing of Didier Drogba took their quota one over the limit, and Mourinho has to sell one of Torres, Jon-Obi Mikel or, even, Petr Cech.

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Torres scored just five goals in the league last season.