Barcelona are lining up a bid for Chelsea striker Fernando Torres.Sport says Barca, alarmed at the team's reliance on Lionel Messi's goalscoring power, is chasing Torres to ease the burden on the Argentine's shoulders.

Despite Torres' problems in London, his reputation remains intact in Spain and has been long admired by Barca president Sandro Rosell.

Rosell won't match Torres' Chelsea wages, but hopes a long-term four-year contract will satisfy him. Barca hope to do business with Chelsea for €20 million.