Barcelona plan £70million raid for Liverpool star - Exclusive
Published 23:59 14/06/10 By John Cross
Spanish giants Barcelona are ready to step up their pursuit of Liverpool striker Fernando Torres.
Newly-elected Barca president Sandro Rosell is determined to bring £70m-rated Torres to the Nou Camp, even though he will face competition from Chelsea and Manchester City.
And it may even affect Barcelona's attempts to sign Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas as Rosell wants to bring in Torres at all costs and they could struggle to sign both.
Rosell has insisted Fabregas is still a "priority" for Barcelona but he is also a massive fan of Torres and has a close relationship with the Spanish international striker.
That may give Barcelona the edge over their English rivals. Ex-Atletico Madrid striker Torres says that Barca is the only other Spanish club he would consider joining.
The turmoil at Liverpool has raised doubts over the futures of Torres and Steven Gerrard and there would be no shortage of takers for either of the club's top stars.
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is keen on Gerrard while managerless Liverpool - looking to replace Rafa Benitez - also face a battle to keep Torres.