Atletico Madrid unable to meet Fernando Torres wage demands?

Fernando Torres of Chelsea celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary's Stadium on January 1, 2014
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Atletico Madrid are reportedly struggling to finance their proposed move for Chelsea's Fernando Torres as the striker is unwilling to take a pay cut.

Atletico Madrid will reportedly struggle to meet the wage demands of rumoured transfer target Fernando Torres.

The Chelsea striker has been linked with a return to the La Liga champions this summer, but is thought to be unwilling to take a pay cut.

According to the Daily Mail, the 30-year-old does not want to lower his estimated £8m salary to move back to the club, despite struggling to find a regular place in Jose Mourinho's starting lineup last season.

The report also claims that the Premier League side want around £20m for the striker, while Atletico have only offered £12.5m.

Spain's forward Fernando Torres celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during a Group B match between Australia and Spain at the Baixada Arena in Curitiba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 23, 2014
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