Inter want Torres, but only for free

Fernando Torres

The latest reports suggest that Inter are keen to take Chelsea striker Fernando Torres on loan but they don't want to pay a fee for it.

Fernando Torres remains an important name on Inter's list of potential striking reinforcements, but it seems the Nerazzurri want to do the deal as cheaply as possible.

Inter's main priority for the summer is to sign a world-class striker and coach Walter Mazzarri is said to have drawn up an ambitious list of targets.

Manchester City's Edin Dzeko is believed to have headed the list but looks highly unlikely to leave City at a price Inter could afford after an excellent conclusion to the season.

Real Madrid man Alvaro Morata also seems to be out of Inter's league, especially as Mazzarri's men only qualified for the Europa League.

Torres' name has frequently recurred in connection with Inter and he was linked with the club in the January transfer window.

According to the Corriere della Sera, Inter owner Erik Thohir is keen to bring Torres in but has concerns about the financial terms.

Inter are said to be reluctant to pay anything for the loan and would also want Chelsea to continue paying a significant chunk of Torres' wage bill.

It is common practice for a club to pay a fee for a loan, for example Juventus paid around £350,000 to take Pablo Daniel Osvaldo from Southampton in January, but Chelsea may waive that necessity.

However, if Chelsea were to continue paying a significant proportion of Torres' wages it becomes hard to see what they would be getting out of such a deal.

Chelsea are expected to announce a big-name striker signing shortly with reports circulating that a £35m deal for Atletico Madrid star Diego Costa has already been agreed.

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