"Atletico [Madrid] have officially ruled out bringing [Fernando] Torres back," ran the opening line of a paragraph of an AS article dedicated to the La Liga champions's chances of luring the Spaniard back to the capital.
The exit of Samuel Eto'o, Demba Ba to Besiktas and the £28 million transfer of Romelu Lukaku to Everton has left Chelsea with a balanced three-man strike force consisting of Torres, returning great Didier Drogba and summer signing Diego Costa. Jose Mourinho, therefore, is unlikely to sell the former Liverpool striker.
Having moved on from Torres, Atletico - who are looking to add another forward to their purchase of Mario Mandzukic earlier in the summer - are now looking at another Chelsea attacker - Andre Schurrle, according to MARCA.
The Spanish publication write that Schurrle is "considering a move to pastures new."
It said: "Chelsea forward Schurrle could be the missing piece of Atletico Madrid's brand-new attacking puzzle, potentially as part of a deal taking long-term Blues target Joao Miranda the other way."
Miranda, a €25 million rated centre back, has been linked this week with a move to the Blues as Mourinho looks to bring in elite-level cover for primary defensive duo John Terry and Gary Cahill.
A recent HITC: Sport report recently speculated that the presence of super agent Jorge Mendes, who has represented Mourinho since the coach's Porto days, could prove significant in the negotiating process.
This data study, meanwhile, highlighted how Miranda's key statistics compare favourably to both Terry and Nemanja Vidic, as the Brazilian is also believed to be a target of Louis van Gaal who is looking to replace the Serbian stopper.