AC Milan eye loan deal for Chelsea's Fernando Torres as alternative to Manchester City's Carlos Tevez - report

The Rossoneri have not given up hopes of signing the Argentine just yet, but could turn their attention to the Spaniard if they fail to attain their first-choice target
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AC Milan are exploring the possibility of signing Chelsea striker Fernando Torres on a six-month loan deal in the event that they fail to recruit Carlos Tevez from Manchester City, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports.

The Rossoneri are keen to boost their attacking options in the second half of the season because of the lengthy absence of Antonio Cassano due to health problems, and they have earmarked Tevez as the perfect candidate to strengthen their squad.

However, Milan are only interested in signing the Argentina international on loan, while City want to offload Tevez permanently.

As a result, the Serie A champions are apparently looking at alternatives and they have now set their sights on Torres.

Milan are believed to be close to finalising a deal with Catania for striker Maxi Lopez, but club owner Silvio Berlusconi is eager to acquire a high-profile player, and would rather sign Torres instead.

The Spain international has been unable to make an impact at Chelsea since joining the Blues from Liverpool in January 2010 for £50 million, and there has been plenty of speculation about his future in recent weeks.

It seems unlikely that Chelsea are open to farming the 27-year-old out on loan following recent comments from manager Andre Villas-Boas.

The Portuguese boss stressed last week that he still has confidence in Torres and declared the striker not for sale at any price.

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