Fernando Torres is wanted by the prospective new billionaire owner of Valencia.

Chelsea’s £50million flop has been the subject of enquiries made on behalf of Singapore businessman Peter Lim, who is attempting to take over the La Liga club.

And if Lim does secure a controlling interest in Valencia, Torres will be one of the first names on his list of summer transfer targets.

The Blues' owner Roman Abramovich has finally conceded that the Spanish striker is never going to be a goalscoring success at Stamford Bridge, three years after his British transfer-record move from Liverpool.

And with Torres turning 30 next month, and two years remaining on his Stamford Bridge deal, Chelsea know this summer will be the last window in which they are able to recoup any significant sum for the player – with an asking price of around £13m.

Jose Mourinho will sign a world-class striker this summer, with Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani his preferred option.

But Abramovich remains determined to see Chelsea become self-sufficient in the transfer market and, as Sunday Mirror Sport revealed last month, Romelu Lukaku will also be sold this summer if the club receive an offer in excess of £22m for the Belgian hitman.

Torres is thought to be keen on a return to Spain after failing to hit the heights at Chelsea.

Lim’s Valencia takeover was expected to go through last month but his initial bid was rejected by creditors of the debt-ridden club.