If Bayern Munich thought they were the only club preparing a bid for Fernando Torres, they were wrong. As the race to sign Liverpool’s unhappy marksman heats up, Juventus have emerged as rivals for Torres’ signature as they look to continue their rebuilding programme.
According to Italian publication CalcioMercato.com, the Old Lady of Italian football want to bring Torres to Turin to complete an impressive-sounding strike partnership with Luca Toni, who has just been signed from Genoa.
Torres’ future at Anfield is now in serious doubt following yet another lacklustre display against Manchester United on Sunday; Torres couldn’t wait to get off the pitch, and when substituted completely ignored the Liverpool fans who had been singing his name just minutes earlier.
Liverpool must now be nearing a point when they have to sell Torres, before his lack of form and any kind of enthusiasm forces them to lower their asking price significantly.
With Real Madrid a non-starter due to Torres’ background with Athletico Madrid, and Barcelona already over-flowing with star players, a return to Spain has all but been ruled out for the striker, prompting speculation of a switch to either the Bundesliga or Serie A in June.
Juventus are unwilling to match Liverpool’s valuation of £35m, and will instead offer £25m plus Brazilian striker Amauri, who is valued at around £10m.
However, Amauri is now 30-years-old and has yet to score this campaign, making Juve’s proposed offer somewhat lightweight in comparison to Bayern’s.
Liverpool may have no option but to sell Torres, yet they should perhaps wait for a few more clubs to show an interest before cashing in on him too early.
There’s still Milan, there’ still Inter, and although they’d be reluctant to sell Torres to a Premiership rival, there’s still Manchester City and Chelsea, who would no doubt offer the biggest deals.