By Romeo Agresti
Serie A giants Juventus are hopeful of luring Chelsea striker Fernando Torres to Turin in the summer transfer window, Goal.com can reveal.
The Bianconeri are looking to add a high-profile name to their attack ahead of the 2012-13 campaign, and have previously been linked with Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain. However, the 28-year-old Torres is Juve's primary target.
Sporting director Fabio Paratici has already contacted Margarita Garay, the player's former agent and still a member of his entourage, to discuss a potential summer move.
Torres joined Chelsea from Liverpool in January 2011 for a fee of £50 million, but the striker has never really been able to live up to the high expectations at Stamford Bridge.
Therefore, the Premier League side could opt to offload the former Atletico Madrid star this summer if he fails to find top form in the remainder of the 2011-12 campaign, and Juventus are keen to lure him to Serie A.
General director Giuseppe Marotta wants to see whether Torres has what it takes to succeed in the Italian top flight before signing him on a permanent basis though, and therefore wants to sign the attacker on a one-year loan deal, with an option to make the move permanent at the end of his initial spell.
The Spain international ended a 25-hour goalscoring drought at the weekend in Chelsea's 5-2 FA Cup win over Leicester City, and the Blues are unlikely to sell Torres this summer if he returns to top form in the remaining two months of the season.
Juventus are 5/1 with Paddy Power to beat Inter Milan on Sunday in Serie A.