Valencia offer Fernando Torres Chelsea escape route after Olivier Giroud no-go

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Fernando Torres has been offered an escape route from Chelsea by Valencia.

The Spanish club are weighing up a move for the striker as a possible replacement for Roberto Soldado, who – pending the resolution of an impasse over his £25.8million price tag – is Tottenham-bound.

Valencia boss Miroslav Duckic has tried and failed with an approach for Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud, while Real Zaragoza’s Portuguese international Helder Postiga remains a possible target.

However, Los Che have contacted Torres’ representatives to sound the former Atletico Madrid striker out, reports The Times, and are hoping Chelsea might budge on the £20m valuation.

With the possible arrival of Wayne Rooney from Manchester United making first-team opportunities even more scant for Torres, the lure of more regular starts at the Mestalla in a World Cup season could tempt the 29-year-old back to La Liga.

Torres’ drastic dip in fortunes since his £50m move…

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