Valencia are weighing up a move for Chelsea struggler Fernando Torres according to reports as Roberto Soladado nears the Mestalla exit door.
Valencia boss Miroslav Djukic admitted that he wanted to bolster his striking options before they opened negotiations with Tottenham over the possible transfer of Soldado and has set his sights on Torres as his replacement.
Contact has been made with Chelsea, according to Valencia newspaper Superdeporte, and the La Liga side are now waiting for word on whether Torres might be available and, just as crucially, how much he would cost.
It is understood Valencia are unable to go any higher than £25m for a player who cost Chelsea a British record £50m from Liverpool two-and-a-half years ago.
Shoukd the transfer take place it would represent a massive loss for owner Roman Abramovich but as Torres turned 29 last March and manager Jose Mourinho being keen to install disaffected Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney as the spearhead of Chelsea’s attack, he may be ready to reluctantly take a hefty hit on his misfiring frontrunner.