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Chelsea already lining up a replacement for Torres

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has been a constant topic of debate over pints in the Football Transfer Tavern this week, and Daily Mirror journalist Martin Lipton thinks Roman Abramovich may be finally ready to cash in.

Despite the arrival of Rafael Benitez, Chelsea’s Russian owner is ready to cut his losses on the £50 million man, and has given the Spaniard one more month to show he can be the player he once was at Liverpool.

Brazilian striker, Taison was at Stamford Bridge to witness the 0-0 bore draw with Fulham,  following reports from his homeland that he will sign a £10 million deal next week ahead of the opening of the January transfer window.

The 24-year-old, a former Internacional team-mate of Chelsea’s big money summer signing Oscar, was tracked in the summer. His name has came to greater attention this season following his spectacular Marco Van Basten-esque volley for his club Metalist Kharkiv in the Europa League three weeks ago.

Benitez, on a short-term deal until the end of the season, still believes he can help Torres recapture the form he showed under him during his spell at Anfield.

When asked about Torres’ contribution in the back-to-back goalless draws over the past week, Benitez said: “We have had, maybe, five training sessions.

“It’s still too early. But for me we are watching things that are positive.”

Torres is currently on a run of 648 minutes without a Premier League goal, and has managed just one shot on target during Rafa’s first two games in charge. You wonder how long he can last before even Benitez runs out of patience?

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