Fernando Torres has become something of a pariah as his misfiring loan spell at AC Milan has further undermined his formerly impressive credentials.
The chance to join Milan on a two-year loan was gratefully received by Torres, who had fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea.
But while the Spaniard was greeted with great enthusiasm at San Siro, he has failed to deliver and only managed one goal so far, leaving him warming the bench.
Reports have suggested that Milan want to send Torres back to Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea don't seem to want him back.
And to add insult to injury, it is now being reported that Milan have tried to persuade Spanish side Atletico Madrid, where Torres excelled between 2001 and 2007, to take him back only to be told they don't want him.
Milan appeared to be trying to get Italian star Alessio Cerci in exchange for Torres and a sum of money, but the deal was rejected.
Some sources are suggesting that Atletico would only consider taking Torres for free, which would be an embarrassing situation for Torres and Milan.
It is not clear how Chelsea fit in with the current talks because they still own Torres, but it is likely that the West London outfit would welcome any solution that involves being rid of the off-form striker.