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Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho has given his beleaguered strike force another rude awakening, declaring that it is quite possible that they will be replaced in the summer. Mourinho will hope that his comments inspire the likes of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, but they are quite likely to have the reverse effect as well.

Chelsea are struggling to get Cameroon hotshot Samuel Eto'o fit in time for their big Champions League quarter-final clash with Paris St. Germain, but even with Eto'o, Chelsea's strike force has been largely conspicuous by its absence and has had an appalling goal return in the Premier League this season.

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Are Inter Milan planning on building a new Galacticos? Well, it certainly seems so. With Nemanja Vidic already set for the San Siro at the end of this season, and reports of the Nerazzurri also chasing Lukas Podolski, Bacary Sagna and Patrice Evra, it is now understood that the club are also wishful of landing Chelsea’s £50m forward Fernando Torres.

Reports in The Daily Mail have revealed that Inter, backed by their new owner, Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir, are considering making a £20m move for the former Liverpool man.

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Chelsea overcame Southampton quite convincingly as they netted thrice on a wet afternoon at St. Mary's to begin the new year in style. At times, it wasn't as straightforward as the scoreline might suggest but the victory sent out an ominous message to the rest of the Premier League. Fernando Torres netted a rare away goal while substitutes Willian and Oscar struck to ensure victory for the Blues. It was a game of two halves with Southampton matching Chelsea in the first, but the strength and depth of the Londoners showed eventually.

Jose Mourinho rang in the changes with six players being replaced from the game against Liverpool. Some absences like those of Lampard and Luiz were through injury and suspension (respectively), while others were made to freshen up the squad. In came Mikel, Ramires, Schurrle, Cole, Torres and Mata . Southampton on the other hand had Gaston Ramirez forcing himself into the starting line up with his form of late. England striker Rickie Lambert was deemed good enough only for the bench with Jay Rodriguez deployed in a central role to lead the line.

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is a determined man who doesn’t easily give up on his coveted aims and targets, the same being true for the players he wants at his club. According to reports in The Metro, the Blues are contemplating making a fresh move for Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney in the winter.

The Englishman was the subject of massive interest from a plethora of sides this summer, including the west Londoners, following reports of his unsettlement at Old Trafford. However, United refused all bids for their ace, thus ensuring his stay at the club for a while longer. Rooney has since performed over the top and seems to have regained his form of old.

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich can afford to be cautiously happy. There were rumors last year that the Russian billionaire had appointed Rafa Benitez as Chelsea interim manager to get his misfiring £50 million pound asset Fernando Torres, back on track. The gamble had limited success and Torres continued to epitomize all things wrong in Chelsea. This time round however there are encouraging signs early on that the man with the ‘special’ touch; Jose Mourinho can finally get Abramovich his money’s worth.

Take the Portuguese’s handling of the infamous ‘Torres scratches Jan Vertonghen’ episode. At a time when the entire British media was vilifying the FA for not handing the Spaniard a harsher punishment, Mourinho stood by Torres like an overprotective father. He took on the media in press conferences at the risk of being called a blind bigot to put across a simple message, ‘I fight for you and you fight for me.'

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Last season was Fernando Torres’ best season with Chelsea, even though it was still sub-standard in many people’s eyes. It wouldn’t be erroneous to state that the forward’s mega money move to Stamford Bridge will be considered a flop so far. Despite this, he did play a role in Chelsea’s Europa League winning campaign last season under Rafa Benitez, scoring in the final against Benfica. With Chelsea’s public pursuit of unsettled United forward Wayne Rooney coupled with the return of Romelu Lukaku after an immensely fruitful loan with West Bromwich Albion last season, it was presumed that Torres would find it hard to break into Jose Mourinho’s starting XI.

However, The Independent reports ‘The Special One’ believes that Torres has a part to play in his new-look team. Mourinho says that the Spanish striker is “highly motivated, he works very hard”. He still believes that Torres could have a career at Stamford Bridge, saying that “some of the work we do with the team in terms of attack suits his qualities”.

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What has happened to Fernando Torres in the last three years is disheartening to some, guffaw-worthy to others. At Liverpool, Torres was one of the most feared forwards in the world, possessing a potent mix of pace, power and skill. At Chelsea, he has lost all form of confidence and despite some false dawns here and there, his time at Stamford Bridge can be considered to be a complete disaster. Perhaps a move to La Liga, where he first made his mark in world football with Atletico Madrid, would be best for the forward.

The Times reports that Valencia could offer the player respite from a nightmare stint at Stamford Bridge, which has resulted in him being the butt of many jokes in world football. Despite this, Torres has won the Champions League and Europa League since his big money move to the Blues. The Spanish forward finds himself in interesting company on Valencia's shortlist of who could possibly replace Roberto Soldado should the prolific striker leave the Mestalla this summer. Javier Hernandez and Olivier Giroud were part of this shortlist, but their respective clubs are refusing to let them go. Valencia have also tried to sign Helder Postiga from Real Zaragoza, but it is doubtful that this deal will go through either.

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