AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has revealed that the Italian giants have, in the past, considered moving for Fernando Torres, but were priced out of a move.
Torres first fell onto Milan's radar when he shone at boyhood club Atletico Madrid, while he then headed to England with initially Liverpool and then, from January 2011, Chelsea.
The Spaniard has always been popular at Milan, however with financial restrictions tight, taking him to Italy has never been on the cards.
Galliani said via Milan TV: "Fernando Torres? No, he earned too much.
"He was an idea of ours, but we never managed to get there."
Milan have been drawn to face Torres' former club Atletico Madrid in the Round of 16 in the Champions League; the Spaniards are flying high in La Liga and providing both Barcelona and Real Madrid with stiff competition.
On the agenda for Torres meanwhile are Turkish giants Galatasaray, who Chelsea themselves will meet at the same stage of the competition.
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