In July 2012 Chelsea were looking at bringing in new players for the upcoming season. Despite winning the Champions League the club had struggled in the Premier League - and squad depth was one of the main issues under discussion.
One player linked with a move was Atletico Madrid starlet Oliver Torres. The talented teen had caught the eye for Los Colchoneros and Chelsea reportedly made a big move to bring him in. In fact Spanish paper Marca called it a 'massive offer'.
The report stated:
The London club put a lot of money on the table, considering that this is a 17 year-old, to try and persuade the player to join.
The young player was tempted by this overwhelming financial offer and with the attractive possibility of breaking through into the Premier League. He thought about the offer very seriously and was flattered by the interest from the reigning European champions. It seems that Oliver has opted to stay with the club he loves...
They were again linked with the player last summer but nothing happened. Last term he struggled for football in the impressive Atletico side that won the La Liga title and made the Champions League final. The 19-year-old spent the second part of last season on loan at Villarreal. And now he is set to develop his career elsewhere, but not at Stamford Bridge.
Torres has signed a season-long loan deal with Portuguese giants FC Porto. He has moved to the club to get first-team football at a Champions League side with the overall target of him returning to the Vicente Calderon a better player than the one that left.