Fiorentina are unlikely to make a move for Fernando Torres in the summer.
The future of the Spanish international looks certain to be one of the running stories of the transfer window, after again failing to find his best form for Chelsea. Despite finding the back of the net 20 times, only seven of these have come in the Premier League.
Torres still has three years remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge and insists he has no plans to leave, but this is unlikely to quell speculation linking him with a move. And earlier this week, Fiorentina were credited with an interest in the 29-year-old.
The Viola have enjoyed an impressive season in Serie A and are battling for a UEFA Champions League place, but with Stevan Jovetic tipped to leave at the end of the campaign, they could be in the market for a new striker in the coming weeks.
The club’s Technical director, Eduardo Macia, has made no secret of his admiration for Torres, but he has been trumped by sports director Daniele Prade who insists the Stadio Artemio Franchi outfit are unable to afford the Chelsea hitman.
“If these big names are linked with a transfer to Fiorentina, it means that we are considered a great team. But some players right now are outside of the parameters of Italian football, especially in regard to wages,” said Prade.