Chelsea may be ready to scupper Fernando Torres’s wish to return to boyhood club Atletico Madrid in January.
The Blues striker is currently on a two-year loan at Milan but has disappointed so far this season, scoring just once in 10 appearances, and the Serie A giants could cut short his deal in Italy.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has already made it clear the 30-year-old does not figure in his plans, leaving Torres free to find a new club, but Sky Sports’ Guillem Balague believes the Londoners will demand a fee for him and put any move to Atletico in doubt.
“Fernando Torres definitely wants to go back to Atletico and they also want him, but there is a problem as he can’t go out on loan for a second time this season,” said Balague.
“That means Chelsea will allow Torres to leave for a small transfer fee, although Atletico are not prepared to pay anything. If Chelsea want to receive a transfer fee they won’t get it from Atletico.
“Due to the money he earns, Torres and Chelsea could negotiate a pay-off and he could then leave on a free.
“That’s something that could be negotiated,” he explained.