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Chelsea and Atletico in Torres talks

ESPN staff
July 21, 2014
Will Miranda go the other way?

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres could make a return to Atletico Madrid after it was claimed the two clubs were locked in negotiations over the weekend.

Atletico's chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin was in London to discuss the transfer, according to Eurosport, and will return to Madrid on Monday to continue talks over a possible deal.

Chelsea will apparently accept a cut-price £13 million deal for Torres, but it is being reported that Atletico are aiming to pay even less for the Spaniard they sold to Liverpool in 2007 and who moved to Stamford Bridge for £50m.

Despite manager Jose Mourinho saying Chelsea's summer buying is complete, Eurosport claim the club are looking to bring in centre-back Miranda as part of the deal, but Atletico have insist they must trigger his £23.7m buyout clause to sign the Brazilian.

Torres came through the ranks at Atletico, scoring 91 goals in 244 appearances at the Vicente Calderon and becoming the club's captain.

He has failed to replicate the form he showed there and at Liverpool since signing for Chelsea three years ago. Torres scored 81 goals in 142 games for Liverpool but, in 172 matches for the London club, he has only scored 45 goals and was often overlooked for a starting berth by Mourinho last season.

Chelsea have already signed Diego Costa and Filipe Luis from Atletico, while Tiago was said to have agreed to join the club. Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has also been recalled from a loan spell with Atletico and Romelu Lukaku is set to be given a chance in pre-season after being farmed out on loan to West Brom and Everton.

Should Torres move back to Atletico it would reverse the flow of players moving in the opposite direction this summer and Madrid midfielder Raul Garcia insists he would fit right back in.

"I speak to him [Torres] a lot and he still feels very strongly about this club,'' Garcia told a press conference. "His life has been defined by what he experienced here and he is another option just like any other that the media have mentioned. Any great player that can come here will be welcome.''

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