Fernando Torres target for Anzhi

Torres targeted by Anzhi after striker starts to show true colours

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22:00 GMT, 29 March 2012

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is a target for the rich Russian club Anzhi.

The World Cup winner is starting to show the form that persuaded Roman Abramovich to pay Liverpool 50m for him in January 2011.

He has started four of the seven matches since interim boss Roberto Di Matteo took charge, scoring twice — albeit in an FA Cup clash against Championship side Leicester.

Heading away Fernando Torres is a target for Anzhi

Heading away Fernando Torres is a target for Anzhi

But whether Torres stays at Stamford Bridge next season remains to be seen — and Anzhi have earmarked the Spain striker as a summer arrival.

Their coach Guus Hiddink is on the look-out for a new centre forward and is considering moves for Didier Drogba and Emmanuel Adebayor — and Torres has been added to the Russian club’s list.

Anzhi are willing to spend up to 35m to land the former Atletico Madrid star and Chelsea are understood to be aware of the interest.

‘We’ll evaluate his future in the coming months,’ the forward’s representative, Antonio Sanz, told pagineromaniste.com.

'Fernando has another four years on his contract at Chelsea and the situation there has changed for him.’