Anzhi Makhachkala have emerged as front runners to sign Fernando Torres if the player becomes available.
Roman Abramovich is rumoured to be at the end of his tether with the Spaniard, and Rafa Benitez is said to be Fernando’s last chance to prove himself.
Rafa was Torres’ last manager to have the player in form, and it is thought that recombining the two at Chelsea will see the end of the Ex-Liverpool players playing days at Chelsea.
Anzhi Makhachkala are pushing to take the Spanish striker out of the Premier League pressure cooker.
Manager Guus Hiddink has a good relationship with Roman Abramovich and the pair are understood to have discussed the difficult situation Torres has encountered at Stamford Bridge.
The club already have a big-name front man in Samuel Eto’o and Hiddink is planning to step down as manager at the end of the season.
That does not impact on a potential Torres transfer, though, as Brazilian Roberto Carlos – Anzhi’s sporting director – is also backing the push to get Torres on board.
The player is still trying to prove he can hit the net regularly at Stamford Bridge. But time is running out as his goalscoring record since arriving two years ago is appalling.
The Russians will not be able to promise him Champions League football – but they hope that the massive wages they can offer will turn his head.
A source close to Torres said that he was determined to save his Chelsea career, adding: “Nobody from Chelsea has told him he will be sold but but it’s normal that the club are not satisfied with his performances.
“But the person affected most by all this is the player. Nando is conscious that he is not offering his best level.”
I hope this story turns out to be true, Fernando has done enough damage. He is the iceberg sinking our ship and Roman is the look-out allowing it to happen. Abramovich needs to admit defeat, and cut his losses before its too late! Anyone disagree?