Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has opened the door for a possible return of Fernando Torres, according to reports, but admits a deal may be hard to furnish.
Torres has endured a torrid stay at Stamford Bridge since joining from Liverpool in January 2011 for £50million.
In 74 league games he has scored just 14 times, which is a shadow of his Liverpool form where he hit 65 goals in 102 Premier League appearances.
The 29-year-old began his career with Atletico Madrid and is still revered by their fans, and now Simeone has refused to rule out a possible return of the Chelsea man.
“Fernando Torres is currently playing for another team. We have to wait for the season to finish and decide which of the available players could come here and do a good job,” said Simeone.
“Fernando knows about the club's history, what it means to play here and I don't need to speak about his ability.
Regarding the actual deal, Simeone, added, “It's complicated. I wouldn't like to say yes or no. He's a player who always performs and we have to respect his choice.
With Chelsea being strongly linked with Atletico's Radamel Falcao - a player-swap plus a cash deal could be on the cards.