Fernando Torres
Fernando TorresReuters

Inter Milan are reportedly interested in Chelsea striker Fernando Torres and even sent sporting director Piero Ausilio to watch him in action against Galatasaray, according to reports.

The Spaniard has more than two years left on his £150,000-a-week contract at Stamford Bridge, three years after signing for a British record transfer fee of £50m from Liverpool.

According to the Daily Mail, the Nerazzurri are willing to pay €24m for the player as Inter manager Walter Mazzarri is reportedly very keen on Torres - despite his travails in west London.

After signing Hernanes in the winter and recently Nemanja Vidic (whose contract at Manchester United runs out in June), the Italian giants are keen to improve their squad still further.

Inter have already built contacts with Chelsea, having attempted to sign Manchester United's Juan Mata during the winter transfer window, offering highly-rated Fredy Guarin in exchange.

It is well known that Mourinho has lost faith with Torres. The Chelsea striker has started just 13 Premier League games this season, and when he has been fit the Blues boss has usually preferred to use Samuel Eto'o ahead of him.

With Romelu Lukaku returning from a loan spell at Everton, El Nino's first-team chances are likely to soon be non-existent. Mourinho is actively looking for new strikers to strengthen his squad in the summer – Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa and Monaco's Radamel Falcao are his main targets. So it appears he would welcome the opportunity to move Torres on.

However, sources close to the 29-year-old suggest he would rather to go back to Spain at the end of the season, and Atletico boss Diego Simeone is also very interested in bringing him back to the Vicente Calderon.