Chelsea have joined the growing list of clubs to be linked with Liverpool striking ace Fernando Torres, having been reported to be lining up a £60 million summer swoop for the Spaniard. Torres has repeatedly insisted that he is happy with the Anfield club, however if Liverpool continue with their torrid season then the striker is likely to be increasingly tempted by a move elsewhere and may be open to offers.
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has publically talked of his admiration for the prolific Spanish striker who recently marked his 100th Liverpool appearance with his 61st goal for the club. However the Italian has reiterated that he plans to make no January signings for the Blues which has ignited rumours of a summer interest for Torres.
Benitez has acknowledged the interest of other managers over Torres, speaking of how his ability would benefit any side in the world. Benitez said:
“Fernando is one of the best strikers in the game and, at his age, can only get better. Every major side would want him in their team.”
Any attempt to lure Torres to Stamford Bridge is likely to break the transfer record set by the £32 million arrival of Andriy Shevchenko and owner Roman Abramovich will have to resort to the kind of investment seen back in 2005. There is no doubt that Torres’ arrival will be welcomed by Chelsea fans yet the striker only signed a new contract worth £5.5 million a year last May and Liverpool can scarcely afford to let the striker go. Torres’ current agreement runs to 2013 with the option to be extended to 2014.
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