Fernando Torres could be set for a return to La Liga as Valencia are planning on a swoop to take him to La Mastalla as replacement for Tottenham bound club captain Roberto Soldado.
Soldado”s move to Spurs will bring in a much needed £26million to club who are struggling financially but the fee may be made available to take Torres to the club as management are wary of losing further grip on their place in the Champions League places after finishing fifth last year.
Torres joined Chelsea for £50million from Liverpool but is unlikely to figure in returning manager Jose Mourinho”s first team if they manage to land Wayne Rooney from Manchester United and the manager has already stated that he see the Spaniard as only being useful in certain situations as a striker.
Valencia have contacted the London club about Torres” availability and will bid up to £25million should they get a positive response but will be unable to go much higher as their budget is severely restricted.
Chelsea are set to launch a second bid for Rooney later this week and Mourinho would also like to approach Real Madrid about the possibility of taking German midfielder Sami Khedira to Stamford Bridge for around £20million as they Europa League champions look to strengthen their midfield.
Torres has struggled to make the expected impact at Chelsea since joining, netting 34 times in 134 appearances for the Blues but is aware that he must play first team football this year to secure his place in the Spanish World Cup team ahead of Rio online casino 2014 and that option looks increasingly unlikely at Chelsea.
Mourinho is likely to prefer youngster Romelu Lukaku to the Spanish international as he sees the Belgian as being a future star at the club while the 29 year old is nearing the end of this career as a top class striker.
Torres has attracted little interest in the transfer window so far despite a number of reports suggesting that he will struggle for game time at Chelsea this year, Demba Ba is also available from the Blues but so far he has suggested that he would rather stay and fight for his place than depart after only half a season.
Torres meanwhile can not afford to spend a World Cup year on the bench and may be agreeable to a switch to Valencia even if it means he will not play Champions League football.