Inter confirm interest in Torres
Inter Milan general director Marco Fassone has confirmed that his club will consider making a move for out-of-favour Chelsea striker Fernando Torres after a season that has seen Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho offer up a series of negative reviews of his Spanish striker’s performances.
“He [Torres] is one of the names that interests us,” stated Fassone in a story in the Daily Mirror, while also hinting at a move for the striker on the official Inter Milan website last weekend. “Erick Thohir, our president, admitted that a few days ago. You will discover in due course exactly which players we are focusing on bringing to the club.”
Mourinho’s decision to leave the 30-year-old out of his lineup for the Champions League quarterfinal against Paris Saint-Germain last month despite his lack of striking options was viewed by many observers as proof that his days at Stamford Bridge are numbered. A move back to Spain is also rumoured to be possible, as Atletico Madrid have been linked with a move to re-sign their former marksman Torres.
When he spoke to English reporters last month, Torres said he would not be against a return to Atletico to play under his former teammate Diego Simeone.
“In football you never know. You don’t know where you are going to be tomorrow, in a week’s time or in 10 years’ time,” said Torres. “I’ve had a lot of admiration [for Simeone] ever since we were teammates. He taught me a lot in the seasons we played together at Atleti.
“I always want to work with people I admire. I admired Rafa Benitez from the outside and I had the chance to work with him [at Liverpool and Chelsea].”