€80m for Torres!

Chelsea look set to compound Liverpool’s misery by launching an audacious attempt to land their stellar striker Fernando Torres for a jaw-dropping £70 million.

According to the Daily Mail, the Blues are planning to shatter the British transfer record to bring the Spain international to Stamford Bridge this summer.

Manchester City and Barcelona are also rumoured to be attempting to capitalise on the current turmoil at Anfield.

Manager of six years, Rafael Benitez, left the club by mutual consent last Thursday and was instrumental in tempting the 26-year-old goal-getter to Anfield in the first place for £21 million in July 2007.

No doubt this particular transfer saga will rumble on all summer, but Chelsea are reportedly confident that the Reds will be happy to cash-in on the player given the fact they are £350m in the red.

The main obstacle facing Chelsea is the fact that Torres is hot property across Europe and can cherry-pick his eventual destination if he chooses to leave Merseyside.

Chelsea’s crucial advantage over Premier League rivals Manchester City though in any such Torres transfer, is the fact that they can offer Champions League football next season. However, Torres himself would perhaps prefer a return to Spain and Barcelona.

Torres himself has remained tight-lipped about his future, stating only that he will decide his future after the World Cup.

Yet unless Liverpool quickly secure new ownership and a transfer kitty that allows them to compete with the Premier League’s leading lights, many believe Torres and other stars such as Steven Gerrard could jump ship this summer. (Source)

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