Anzhi Makhachkala are keen to rescue Fernando Torres from his dismal experience at Chelsea. The People says Anzhi manager Guus Hiddink has a good relationship with Roman Abramovich and the pair are understood to have discussed the difficult situation Torres has encountered at Stamford Bridge.
Abramovich is hoping Benitez will prove to be the man to get the best out of Torres - but if it does not work out Anzhi are now favourites to sign him.
The club already have a big-name front man in Samuel Eto'o and Hiddink is planning to step down as manager at the end of the season.
That does not impact on a potential Torres transfer, though, as Brazilian Roberto Carlos - Anzhi's sporting director - is also backing the push to get Torres on board.