Fernando Torres
Valencia have contacted Fernando Torres' representatives about a possible move. [Reuters]

Fernando Torres has been given the chance to end his unhappy spell at Chelsea after representatives contacted the striker about a possible move to Valencia.

The Spanish side are desperate to line up a replacement for star striker Roberto Soldado who is believed to be on the verge of completing a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

The Times reports that Valencia have been rebuffed in their attempts to sign Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud and fear that any move for Real Zaragoza forward Helder Postiga will be rejected.

It now seems as though they have focused their attention on landing Torres who, despite scoring 24 goals in all competitions last season, was often criticised for his performances in the most important games.

Torres has endured a difficult time since moving to Stamford Bridge where a huge weight of expectation was placed upon him due to his £50m price tag. The Spanish striker has failed to replicate the form that saw him become one of the most in-demand players in world football when at Liverpool and has especially struggled in the Premier League.

Chelsea do have alternatives in Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku, while Jose Mourinho has made it clear that he would like to sign Wayne Rooney from Manchester United.

Much will depend on the offer that Valencia are prepared to make but they may well soon gain a substantial fee from the sale of Soldado.

Tottenham have already failed with one offer but it is believed they are currently negotiating a deal that could see them forced to pay the €30m release clause that is in his contract.

Soldado has refused to comment on a proposed move to Tottenham but should the deal be completed then Valencia will want to work fast to find a suitable replacement before the new season begins in under three weeks time.

Torres may have struggled in recent seasons but he remains one of Spain's top forwards and scored five goals in four games for his country at the Confederations Cup last month.