Chelsea failure Torres linked with Atletico return - but how much is he really worth?

Fernando Torres

Atletico Madrid are reportedly looking to bring Chelsea's Fernando Torres back to the club as a replacement for Diego Costa.

Atletico enjoyed a stunning season under Diego Simeone, winning their first La Liga title in nearly 20 years before making the Champions League final, only to lose to city rivals Real. Yet they've paid for their success as left back Filipe Luis and striker Diego Costa have both been snapped up by Chelsea for a combined £50m, and whilst Granada's Guilherme Siqueira and Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic have been brought in as replacements, further spending will be required.

Additional firepower is certainly required after the club allowed David Villa to leave, whilst fellow forward Adrian Lopez was also sold to Porto, leaving Simeone's attacking option threadbare at best. The likes of Andy Delort (Tours), Carlos Bacca (Sevilla) and even Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku have all been linked of late, suggesting that Simeone is still looking to bring in another striker.

Yet whilst Lukaku was linked, it's team mate Torres who has reportedly been the subject of a £14m bid from Atletico. The 30-year-old started his career with the club as an 11-year-old, and became a club hero as he scored 91 goals in 244 games before moving on to Liverpool in 2007.

Another 81 goals in 142 for the Reds resulted in his famous £50m move to Stamford Bridge in January 2011, but his time in West London has been nothing short of a failure. Just 20 goals in 110 league games for the Blues has seen Torres become a figure of hilarity, and the arrival of Costa - and potentially Didier Drogba - could spell the end for the Spaniard.

However, Atletico have allegedly made a £14m offer for their former prodigal son - which is short of Chelsea's £20m asking price. With Mourinho clearly looking to bring in other strikers, hence the Drogba links, it's hard for the Blues to command a £20m fee after just 20 league goals. £14m is a good offer considering what Torres has offered Chelsea during his time with the club - and it's even a surprise that Simeone is interest given his failures over the last three and a half years.

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