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Valencia eye Fernando Torres

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

Torres enjoys only his second goal in 20 games
Fernando Torres joined Chelsea in January 2011 for £50 million.

Soldado is nearing a switch to Tottenham in a £26 million deal, and with the role up front being vacated by the 28-year-old 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 £50 million 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 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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