Adam Johnson
Manchester United's Park challenges Manchester City's Adam Johnson during their FA Cup semi-final match. REUTERS

Chelsea are set to launch a surprise bid for Manchester City winger Adam Johnson, reports suggest.

New manager Andre Villas-Boas is a keen admirer of the 24-year-old England international who has struggled to hold down a regular starting-place at Eastlands.

City boss Roberto Mancini is loathed to part with Johnson, who started 16 games from the bench last season, but may be forced to part with the winger as City look to offload fringe players ahead of UEFA's financial fair play regulations which take effect next year.

Meanwhile, Fernando Torres has reassured supporters that he has not forgotten how to score goals, despite hitting the net just once in 18 appearances last season.

Speaking to reporters in Hong Kong at the end of Chelsea's tour of South Asia, Torres said, "I'm 27. Don't worry I don't forget to score goals...I will score."

"It's going to be a big season. My form is ok, it's time to be fit and ready. We're trying to get into the best form. We have got big expectations and I can see the winning mentality we have [at Chelsea]."

Finally, the future of Chelsea transfer target Neymar will be discussed by the Santos board today, with reports suggesting Real Madrid will sign the Brazil international in the January transfer window.

Chelsea's interest in the 19-year-old striker cooled over Santos's €45 million valuation and Madrid are now confident of landing the player after the Club World Cup in January.