Chelsea reignite Remy interest as Torres's replacement

The west London club have made a move to bring the Frenchman to Stamford Bridge, with only Diego Costa and Didier Drogba to call on following the Spaniard's move to AC Milan
By David Craddock

Chelsea have reignited their interest in QPR forward Loic Remy following Fernando Torres's move to AC Milan, Goal understands.

The Blues have a long-standing interest in the France international, who was earmarked as a replacement for Didier Drogba when the veteran forward picked up an injury in pre-season.

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But with the knock to the Ivorian not as bad as first feared, Chelsea cooled their interest in Remy - though they are now ready to bid for the 27-year-old to strengthen an increasingly light forward line.

Having sold Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba, released Samuel Eto'o and now thrashed out a two-year loan deal for Torres, Jose Mourinho has just two forwards to choose from with the transfer window closing.

The Portuguese has previously insisted that he requires three forwards in order to challenge in every competition this season, and Torres's departure has hastened the need to sign another frontman.

Mourinho had been interested in signing Roma's Mattia Destro, though the capital-based club's asking price proved to be a stumbling block and the Giallorossi have since insisted the Italy international will not be sold.

Although Remy has been offered a new contract at Loftus Road, he has, as revealed by Goal, been holding out for a move to a big club, preferably Chelsea, this summer and is desperate to move to Stamford Bridge before the window closes.

With the transfer window shutting on Monday, the Blues will have to act quickly to secure the former Marseille striker, who has a buy-out clause of £8 million should a Champions League club bid for him.

Remy spent the 2013-14 campaign on loan at Newcastle, where he scored 14 goals in 26 appearances, and his ability to play across the frontline will appeal to Mourinho.