Torres bound for Blues amid broken promises at Anfield
Published 23:00 28/01/11 By David Maddock and Martin Lipton
Fernando Torres is on the verge of a record-breaking £60million move to Chelsea last night after he told Liverpool he wants to go.
The striker informed boss Kenny Dalglish he wants to move and sources in Spain suggest he is considering making a statement requesting a transfer and explaining his reasons.
In addition, his representatives have written to Anfield’s American owners bluntly stating the reasons why he should be allowed to leave.
The memo outlines how Torres feels he has been let down over promises made in the summer, when he claimed he was loyal to the club in the face of strong interest from Chelsea, because of the false vision of the future he was sold.
Liverpool wasted no time in reacting to the demand, with their director of football strategy Damien Comolli travelling to Amsterdam to secure the capture of Luis Suarez by tellingly doubling his original offer for the Ajax star.
The Reds will pay £23million for a player they valued at only £12m two days ago and have offered him a four-year contract worth in excess of £15m.
The Uruguay World Cup star admitted: “I have got a lot to thank Ajax for, but everyone must understand I really want to go to Liverpool because this is a dream come true.”
Now the only thing that stands in the way of Torres leaving for Chelsea are negotiations over a price acceptable to the Merseyside club and the close of the transfer window on Monday night.
MirrorSport revealed exclusively that Chelsea’s owner Roman Abramovich wants to make a definitive statement by bringing Torres to the club and is prepared to go eventually to £60m to get his man.
An exploratory offer of £40m was rejected, but Chelsea have immediately decided to increase that bid by another five million, with young striker Daniel Sturridge thrown in.
That could be enough to persuade owners Fenway Sports Group to sell, but £50m plus £10m-rated Sturridge – a player that Liverpool wanted to take on loan this season – will certainly seal the deal.
Sources at Stamford Bridge say they have the desire to make it happen and Liverpool will feel they have no option to accept when the price reaches that tipping point, because of the player’s desire to go.
Torres only stayed at Anfield in the summer after a summit meeting with former boss Roy Hodgson in Ibiza, when he was swayed by promises of a rosy future, which simply have not materialised.
Now he is no longer prepared to wait for the Liverpool masterplan to come to fruition.
Liverpool fans were stunned by the developments yesterday, but even among Torres’ most ardent supporters, there is a feeling that a player who no longer has his heart in Anfield should be allowed to go.
With the transfer deadline looming, there is little time for such a massive deal to be completed.
But the feeling at Anfield last night was that the Spaniard may well have kicked his last ball for the club.