Valencia are planning an audacious bid for Chelsea misfit Fernando Torres as they prepare to push through Roberto Soldado’s £26million move to White Hart Lane. Coach Miroslav Djukic admitted he needed attacking reinforcements even before Soldado agreed to become a Tottenham player and has evidently earmarked a large chunk of the 28-year-old striker’s fee for an attempt to lure Torres back to Spain.
Contact has been made with Chelsea and the La Liga side are now waiting for word on whether Torres might be available and, just as crucially, how much he would cost. Such is their current financial predicament, it is understood Valencia are unable to go any higher than £25m for a player who cost Chelsea a British record £50m from Liverpool two-and-a-half years ago.
It would represent a massive loss for owner Roman Abramovich but as Torres turned 29 last March and manager Jose Mourinho being keen to install disaffected Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney as the spearhead of Chelsea’s attack, he may be ready to reluctantly take a hefty hit on his misfiring front runner.
Former Tottenham striker Helder Postiga and Old Trafford marksman Javier Hernandez are also under consideration for bolstering numbers up front at the Mestalla, but Djukic is setting his sights higher for the prime candidate to fill the gap left by Soldado’s imminent departure.