EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea make sensational £60m Torres bid
Published 23:59 27/01/11 By Oliver Holt - EXCLUSIVE
Chelsea are attempting to stage a massive transfer coup with a dramatic £60million bid for Liverpool star Fernando Torres, it emerged last night.
It would shatter the British transfer record and send shockwaves through the Premier League.
Liverpool’s American owners, Fenway Sports Group, last night confirmed they had received an offer for the Spain striker.
Chelsea were strongly linked with Torres in the summer but Liverpool refused to consider selling the 26-year-old.
But if the Reds decide to do a deal this time, the cash would be made available to new boss Kenny Dalglish to rebuild the struggling side, said sources at Anfield. Liverpool have been linked with Ajax forward Luis Suarez and Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam, who would cost a total of £30m.
The sale of Torres, who met Dalglish to discuss his future, would finance those purchases and leave plenty more to spend.
After a dreadful start to the season, Torres has shown signs of returning to his best form in the last fortnight.
Dalglish’s appointment as caretaker boss until the end of the season and the impact he has made has brought a new sense of optimism to the club.
The main stumbling block to the sale of Torres is FSG’s concerns about the reaction it would provoke from Liverpool supporters.
The bid is proof of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s continued commitment to the club after rumours his interest was waning.
A Liverpool spokesman said last night: “Chelsea made a bid for Torres but it has been turned down.”