Fernando Torres to Barcelona?

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is a shock target for Barcelona, according to reports in Spain.

Spanish newspaper AS is reporting Barcelona are interested in bringing Fernando Torres back to Spain.

AS claims Torres is being eyed as a replacement for David Villa, who is expected to leave in the summer.

Former club Atletico Madrid were considered the most likely club to sign the ever-frustrating Torres, as they look to replace Radamel Falcao when he eventually makes his mega-money move.

Torres of course scored a memorable goal at the Nou Camp in the Champions League last season to clinch Chelsea's path to the final, and will no doubt jump at the chance to join Barcelona.

Do we think it will happen? In honesty it would be very surprising move. Even if Barcelona sell Villa, they have plenty of options in attack.

They have Neymar pegged as a long-term target, but perhaps more pressing, they have the exciting Gerard Deulofeu in their youth system showing the kind of form which is beginning to 'demand' first team football.

They would also not want to spend much at all, it is doubtful Barcelona would want to spend above £15 million for Torres. 

There is more interesting news for Chelsea from AS. The paper report that Thibaut Courtois is almost certain to return to Chelsea from Atletico next season, which will ask questions over the future of Petr Cech.

Atletico are lining up Liverpool stopper Pepe Reina as one of their options if Courtois does head back to Stamford Bridge.

Could Torres really go to Barcelona? What do you think?

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