Barcelona 'to offer £17m for Fernando Torres'

Chelsea's Fernando Torres celebrates moments after scoring the opening goal against Benfica on May 15, 2013
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Barcelona are rumoured to be preparing an offer of £17m for the services of Chelsea's Fernando Torres.

Barcelona are reportedly preparing to make a £17m bid for Chelsea striker Fernando Torres.

The Catalan giants have been linked with the former Liverpool forward in the last 24 hours, but are only prepared to offer a fraction of what the Blues paid for him, according to The Sun.

Chelsea smashed the British transfer record when they brought the player to Stamford Bridge from Liverpool, shelling out £50m on the Spanish hitman.

Barcelona are said to see Torres as a potential replacement for David Villa, who is expected to leave Camp Nou this summer, and are willing to match his £175,000-per-week Chelsea wages.

Torres, who has three years remaining on his Chelsea deal, scored 22 goals for the Blues last season, only eight of which came in the Premier League.

Chelsea's Fernando Torres celebrates scoring against Everton on May 19, 2013
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