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Valencia planning Torres swoop

ESPN staff
July 31, 2013
Fernando Torres enjoyed his best season at Chelsea during the last campaign © Getty Images

Fernando Torres could be heading back to La Liga after reports suggest Valencia will attempt to replace Roberto Soldado with the Chelsea striker.

Soldado is nearing a switch to Tottenham in a £26 million deal, and with the role up front being vacated by the club captain at the Mestalla, Valencia see Torres as the ideal candidate to fill the gap.

According to Spanish newspaper Superdeporte, Valencia have been in contact with Chelsea over a possible deal.

Torres signed for Chelsea for £50m in January 2011, but it is believed that Valencia will not offer more than half of that fee for the former Atletico Madrid man. It is not yet known whether Torres would be willing to head back to Spain, or whether Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich would be prepared to take a huge loss on the player.

With Chelsea set to continue their pursuit of unsettled Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, it appears that Torres will not feature in Jose Mourinho's starting line-up.

Torres enjoyed his best season at Stamford Bridge during the last campaign, netting 22 times in 64 appearances, but despite the solid figures has yet to impress since his move from Liverpool, with only 34 goals bagged in 134 games.

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