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Chelsea ponder offering Torres to Barcelona for Villa

Chelsea are considering a shock swap move for Barcelona star David Villa - involving Fernando Torres. The Daily Mail says Barcelona striker Villa has been linked with a move to Aston Villa in the Spanish press, but Alex McLeish's club is trailing behind Liverpool and the Blues as potential destinations for the 30-year-old.

A switch to the Nou Camp for Torres would offer more tactical versatility to Pep Guardiola, who uses Lionel Messi as a 'false No 9' and has not had an alternative imposing centre forward since Zlatan Ibrahimovic left for AC Milan.

Villa has been strongly linked with Liverpool and previously Manchester United, but Chelsea are in the strongest position to sign the Spain star, according to Marca.

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