German media have reported that "Chelsea want to get rid of their £50 million record transfer" Fernando Torres.
And, with a host of clubs interested in the Spanish striker including Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, Ligue 1 heavyweights AS Monaco and La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, the 30-year-old has not been short of admirers.
Yet he remains at Stamford Bridge. Why?
Manager Jose Mourinho bemoaned the lack of quality striking options at his disposal last season. Over the course of the summer he has remedied that in the transfer market having offloaded Demba Ba (Besiktas), Romelu Lukaku (Everton) and Samuel Eto'o (contract expiry) in order to bring in Diego Costa (Atletico) and Didier Drogba (free).
Torres, though, has been talked up by the Special One as being a fundamental part of the club's three man strike force: "Three strikers is fundamental in the squad and we have three - Nando, Didier and Diego," he said, recently.
But Torres is not a typically 'Chelsea'-type player.
The 30-year-old, a 2010 World Cup winner with Spain, revels in systems that exhibit fast football with intricate touches - like what he was used to at Liverpool, or past Spanish national football teams. In a functional Chelsea where the unit are reliant on physicality and power from a traditional number nine up top, Torres struggles.
Regardless of Mourinho's sentiments in the press, BILD claim that the player has indeed been in contact with other clubs: "Atletico Madrid and AS Monaco show interest but the transfer fee and [his] wage demands are too high."