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Barca 'Ready To Move' For Fernando Torres

Well-known Spain-based football journalist, Graham Hunter, says that Barcelona are serious about signing Fernando Torres from Chelsea.

New Blues manager Jose Mourinho has indicated that El Nino will stay at the club if he wants to.

But that could all change if Barca make an official bid for the Spanish international striker.

Hunter told Sky Sports that Barca have long coveted Torres, ever since he tormented them while making his name at Atletico Madrid.

Hunter says that Barca will probably rely on Neymar to lead their forward line, but that David Villa is likely to be sold and Barca still want a plan B number nine.

"It is a well-sourced story," Hunter said, referring to the rumours that Barca would offer Chelsea £17 million for the player they signed for £50 million from Liverpool.

"Barcelona do want to add a centre forward and are in the process of selling David Villa. Although they have added Neymar and have a replete armoury of different kinds of strikers, they do want a No 9.

"Every time Torres played for Atletico Madrid against them he scored and terrorised them at Camp Nou. He also scored for Chelsea when they were knocked out of the Champions League.

"He is patently full of vim and vigour after an initial difficult time at Chelsea. The Barca president has long coveted him and once advised his board to bid for Torres.

"They believe there may be movement at Chelsea and that new coach Jose Mourinho will try to bring in different strikers and that Torres may become available.

"The truth of it is that Barca are saying they are ready to move for him and they are assessing their resources and it is a story that may evolve over the coming weeks."

Meanwhile, after Borussia Dortmund refused to sell Robert Lewandowski to Bayern Munich, Barca have also reportedly entered the race to sign the prolific Polish international striker.

Manchester United are the bookies’ favourite to sign Lewandowski, even though he has his heart set on a move to the Allianz Arena.

But if Barca are in fact keen to sign a new striker, and by all accounts they are, they could do far worse than Robert Lewandowski.

Who would be a better fit at Barca: Torres or Lewandowski?

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