Atleti to swap Costa for Torres?

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has been linked with a summer return to Atletico Madrid with a possible swap for Diego Costa mooted.

AS cites a report in the British Press that says Atletico have identified their former captain as their main target for the summer transfer window.

And Torres is said to be open to a return to Vicente Calderon, the club where he started his career, making his Atleti debut as a 17-year-old when the team were in the Second Division.

Torres played with Atletico Coach Diego Simeone during the Argentine’s second spell with the club and El Cholo is understood to be a supporter of the proposal to bring El Nino home.

The 29-year-old left Atletico for Liverpool in 2007 and moved on to Chelsea in January 2011.

Torres’ cost could prove a stumbling block but Atletico could use Chelsea’s interest in Diego Costa as a bargaining tool, with a swap deal suggested.

Atletico would also like to retain goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who has been on loan from the Blues for the past three years.

Torres has often been Jose Mourinho’s first-choice striker this season but he has fallen out of favour with Spain Coach Vicente Del Bosque and is not guaranteed a place in the World Cup squad.

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