Inter fly to London in Torres hunt

Fernando Torres

Inter may not have given up on luring Fernando Torres on loan as reports in Italy state that director Piero Ausilio has flown to London to get him.

It had been believed that Inter would give up on Fernando Torres after Jose Mourinho's insistence he was staying, but the Nerazzurri may be stepping up their efforts to sign him.

Inter's major objective for the summer is to sign a goal scorer after a season blighted by profligate finishing at crucial times.

The Italian press have reported that the number one target was Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, but the Bosnian now appears to be off limits after a stellar end to the campaign.

Real Madrid man Alvaro Morata also seems to have rejected any chance of signing for Inter as he is insisting on playing in next season's Champions League and Inter have only booked a place in the Europa League.

Fernando Torres' name has recurred frequently with regards to Inter's striker conundrum and the San Siro side were linked with a loan swoop in January, but nothing happened.

There had been suggestions that Inter were ready to move for Torres with an eye to a season loan but that they would require Chelsea to continue to help with his wage bill, which is beyond their capabilities.

However, it all seemed to be off when Chelsea boss Mourinho stated that Torres would be at the club next season and the Spaniard began talking about the club's great plans for the future.

Yet today's Corriere dello Sport reports that Inter transfer guru Piero Ausilio arrived in London yesterday charged with the mission of landing Torres.

The paper believes that should he fail, Ausilio will move on to either Tottenham flop Roberto Soldado or Manchester City man Alvaro Negredo, but that Torres is still the main target.

It is suggested that Inter could trade in Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin, who nearly signed for Juventus in January, and midfielder Ricky Alvarez to free up funds for their summer signings.

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