Fernando Torres: AC Milan make bid for Chelsea striker

Fernando Torres
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told Fernando Torres that he wants him to stay at the club

AC Milan have made a bid to take Chelsea striker Fernando Torres on a season-long loan.

The Serie A giants are looking for a striker following Mario Balotelli's £16m move to Liverpool.

"Torres is certainly an important forward and we will see if we can sign him or another player," Rossoneri vice-president Adriano Galliani told the Italian club's website.external-link

Milan have also made an offer for Torres' team-mate Marco van Ginkel.

Marco van Ginkel
Marco van Ginkel lasted just 10 minutes of his full Chelsea debut after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament.

Galliani added: "We will see if we are able to acquire an important forward. This is our main aim."

On Chelsea's 21-year-old Dutch midfielder Van Ginkel, Galliani said: "It's possible.

"We have written to Chelsea and are awaiting a response. We are optimistic."

The Blues paid Liverpool £50m for Spain forward Torres in 2011, which was then a British record.

However, the 30-year-old has not been a success in west London and his chances have been further limited by the arrival of countryman Diego Costa. Last season Torres played in 28 Premier League matches and scored only five goals.

Chelsea signed Van Ginkel from Vitesse Arnhem for an undisclosed fee in 2013. He missed six months of last season with a knee injury.