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Chelsea agree fee for Torres

2011-01-31 22:09

London - Chelsea have agreed a fee with Premier League rivals Liverpool to sign Spain striker Fernando Torres.

"Liverpool Football Club tonight confirmed they have agreed a fee with Chelsea for the sale of Fernando Torres. The player has now been given permission to speak to the London club," Liverpool said on their website (www.liverpoolfc.tv).

The transfer fee will be a British record of around 50 million pounds ($80.21 million), according to media reports.

Liverpool rejected a bid from the Premier League champions last week but, having agreed a 26.5 million-pound fee for Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from Ajax Amsterdam, they agreed to sell the 26-year-old Torres.

The Spain forward joined the Anfield club from Atletico Madrid for around 26 million pounds in 2007.

Chelsea have not made any major signings during the January transfer window, but buying Torres is a real statement that the club owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich remains a big hitter in the market.

They also still hope to sign Benfica's Brazilian defender David Luiz, media reports said.

Reuters

Comments
  • Ginseng - 2011-01-31 22:53

    At least the poor guy stands a chance of winning something now.

  • Mikey777 - 2011-01-31 23:30

    Torres is a traitor , not too long ago he was pledging his loyalty to Liverpool! Look at him now, greed has overtaken him, and loyalty is quickly forgotten.

      Ginseng - 2011-02-01 03:48

      Well look at it from Torres' perspective. He has never won a domestic trophy, in either Spain or England, despite being considered one of the best strikers in the world for half a decade. Its going to be a good many years before Liverpool will contest for any trophy (barring a good run in the Carling Cup) and Torres isn't getting any younger. At least Gerrard has won trophies in the past so its easier for him to grit through the tough times. A player as good as Torres need to be playing in the Champions League something I doubt Liverpool will be doing for at least 5 years. He may support the club but there comes a time when you have to put yourself first so its hard to harbor any animosity towards Torres for wanting to win something before he gets too old.

      AJ - 2011-02-01 06:32

      @Mikey777 - the club is a job. If a player wants to change job he can, just like we can in our fields. Besides, of course he will 'pledge loyalty', what's he supposed to say 'the place sucks?'. I never understand why everyone else can change jobs for more money, better conditions, more opportunity etc, but as soon as a footballer does it, they are traitors and disloyal etc.

      Ingwe - 2011-02-01 07:48

      Mikey if you want loyalty get a dog. A traitor I think you are taking this far to seriously after all it is only a game.

  • Numb3rOn3 - 2011-01-31 23:49

    Many a Liverpudlian heart has been shattered..

  • mupet-killer - 2011-01-31 23:53

    liverfool are now officially done for. game over chaps. torres was your only glue through this already tough time. might as well close shop.

      Ginseng - 2011-02-01 03:49

      You got Suarez and Carrol, there is still hope.

      rethan - 2011-02-01 11:20

      mupet-killer, dude what are you smoking? he was hardly on the field playing anyway. I doubt Liverpool will feel this because players come in, You very quick to hound Liverpool without thinking before you speak. If Torres played every game and made a HUGE difference lately then yes, you would be correct.

      Diva - 2011-02-01 12:09

      Liverpool will never be done for, not now and not in the future

  • mupet-killer - 2011-01-31 23:54

    liverfool are now officially done for. game over chaps. torres was your only glue through this already tough time. might as well close shop.

      rethan - 2011-02-01 11:20

      you are an idiot.

  • mupet-killer - 2011-01-31 23:56

    liverfool are now officially done for. game over chaps. torres was your only glue through this already tough time. might as well close shop. torres, you will never walk alone boet-more will follow u,

      Khabir - 2011-02-01 05:52

      Mupet Killer have you ever watched a Liverpool game before?? I doubt it cos if you did you would have noticed that we was not as good as people say he is, he lost the ball 80% of the time, shoots from anywhere in hope of the ball going into the net. Carrol and Suarez will be more efficient that I can promise you for their heads are not in the clouds.

      Bob - 2011-02-01 07:59

      Mupet killer, I thought you knew nothing about Cricket but thats nothing compared to your lack of knowledge about football, Torres is an idiot, he has joined a small club, full of mercenaries, that are heading back to where they belong, mid table, not only that he has left the most famous and successful club in the history of british soccer, he has joined this little club with no pride, no history nothing but a rich Russian trying to buy success, you clown Torres, Andy Carol welcome to Anfield the home of Football.

      Bandit - 2011-02-01 10:13

      Weren't these fools singing Torres's praises not so long ago .... how quick the loyalties change maybe that is why they haven't won anything for so long now. It is a shame when there is so little to cling to...tsk tsk Torres may look like a stekkie but the oke can play and maybe Chelski can bring the class out of him on SUNDAY haaaaaaaaaaaaahahahaha

      rethan - 2011-02-01 11:21

      you are an idot.

  • Jim - 2011-02-01 08:01

    I hope he will be playing on Sunday,anything could happen.Take care Torres.

      Bob - 2011-02-01 12:13

      Good advice Jim, take care indeed Mr Torres, me thinks Stevie and Jamie if he's playing, will say hello on Sunday, thats if Mr Torres dares to play.

  • Johnny Sidestepper - 2011-02-01 08:07

    WHO'S WALKING ALONE NOW ?

  • Justinus - 2011-02-01 08:33

    as a passionate liverpool fan,i hold no grudges but my attitude towards Torres will change from now on.It was his choice to join Chelsea but eix,i cant help it but to call him an injury-prone spaniard!

      mikedek - 2011-02-01 13:43

      Who in fact cannot even make the Spanish National team on a regular basis.(a good reserve at that!)

  • trevorscheepers - 2011-02-01 08:37

    Go Torres ! Chelsea's gain Liverfools loss :) Maybe now there will be some competition for MAN-U :p

  • Andrew Griffiths - 2011-02-01 09:25

    Torres is class but injury prone. Great players seem to shrug off those injuries. His temperament is also questionable. He is a Euro and World Cup winner though. Should have moved back to Spain as he looks homesick.

      mikedek - 2011-02-01 13:46

      none of the top teams in Spain would have paid that price for him. Once again Chelsea have more money than brains and then every one has a lot to say about Mancester city!

  • A(N)ON - 2011-02-01 09:44

    Thats good business - 50 million pounds for a player thats 50% of the time injured. Replacing him with 2 good strikers - one above average in Carrol. My only concern is that Carroll is the big physical striker that will thrive on the long ball game - a style which Liverpool does not conform to. OMO

  • TRUE Red - 2011-02-01 10:11

    We all know he loved the club, and we gave it right back Even while he was Captain at Atletico, he had the words "Y N W A" written on his Captain's armband. Wearing the LFC scarf while holding the World Cup will never be forgotten. But he is gone mense - we'll never know what really triggered it, but once he handed in that transfer request, he was no longer "ours", even if he stayed. We got a DAMN good price for him, and have TWO quality striker's to replace him, so HEAD'S UP - imagine how Newcastle fans feel today ? Read a good article yesterday - when Torres signed for us in 2007, he spent a weekend locked in a hotel room studying the success, history & traditions of LFC. All he needs to get through the "history" of Chelsea is a cup of tea & a slice of toast ! :-) They will NEVER be a "traditional" club like LFC, Man Utd or Arsenal. Even Spurs & Newcastle have more history & class than them He will probably hammer us this weekend, but over the long term, we will be the winner's, mark my words ! Carroll & Saurez - welcome to L4 guy's. Y N W A !

      Sucker-Punch - 2011-02-01 11:28

      well said TRUE red...I dont really think LFC got the short end of the stick here. I mean 50mil basically paid for Suarez and Carrol. LFC spent about 8mil in this Winter Transfer window, which isnt bad. Im sad to see El Nino go, he really was a hero at LFC, but lets move on. King Kenny clearly has a plan, he's done it before (signed Peter Beardsley from Newcastle, John Aldridge from Oxford United and John Barnes from Watford) so lets shut it for now, and let the boys produce on the field (where it matters). Lets beat Chelsea Sunday and make Torres rue the day he left LFC. YNWA

      Albo - 2011-02-01 11:30

      These days it`s more of a business(career) move than anything else. I think the player gets 10% of the transfer figure so Torres just made himself 5mil POUNDS. For that money, no one can blame the guy.

      seeps.mazi - 2011-02-01 11:48

      True Red................ you biscuit! Well said mate however I doubt Torres will get a sight at goal this weekend and Carrol to score on Debut and Liverpool to take it 2-1? Carrol and Kuyt vs Drogba........ United to win it, Arsenal 1st princess, Liverpool 2nd Princess, Spurs 4th,City and then Blues?

      MyMassiveCock - 2011-02-01 21:21

      YNWA.... YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! grow a pair and start walking alone!

  • seeps.mazi - 2011-02-01 14:30

    I would like to know where Chelsea plan playing the lone striker in there formation becasue at the moment Drogba is the one in the middle, Malouda on the right and Anelka on the left so ................... who will make way for Torres, Drogba? i DON'T THINK SO........................ So you got yourself a rather expensive reserve there?

  • RED MANC - 2011-02-01 16:29

    Torres leaving might be a blessing in disguise for LFC . Gerrard needs to leave as well then maybe the rest of the team will raise their game . Remains to be seen whether Suarez and Carroll will do the biz but hey, nothing ventured nothing gained . I cannot see how Chelsea's style of football will suit Torres but come Sunday I am sure we will find out - will be interesting to see the reception he gets from the LFC faithful .

      Bob - 2011-02-01 17:30

      Oh he'll get a reception all right, one he will never forget, hope he gets relegated with them.

      MyMassiveCock - 2011-02-01 21:24

      @ Bob, funny how Torres was the best thing since sliced bread when in liverpool, then he leaves.... and his this, his that, and BTW... look at the betting odds of liverpool getting relegated as compared to Chelsea..... two words for you! "HAS BEEN"... bloody sheep

  • MyMassiveCock - 2011-02-01 21:33

    "Liverpool" and "history" are always in the same sentance when you speak to a liverpool supporter, believe it or not, i think they are becoming more irretating than MAN U supporters, stop watich the history channel and stay up to date with current affairs... your team has sucked for quite some time now... start walking alone for a change... who knows, you might actualy grow a pair of balls

      Bob - 2011-02-02 09:51

      MMC you are obviously a Chelsea fan, one of those that comes crawling out of the woodwork when a team is winning, ooh I think I'll support them cos they are winning, plonker, where in any of my threads have I said a word about Torres skill level, I still think he's a great player, just made a very bad move from a great club to a little club with no history or pride, we will pass them on our way up, watch us under KK.

  • racerat - 2011-02-02 12:25

    What a waste of money. I'm sure that Torres has a good agent.with great negotiating skills. Glad Liverpool got the bucks and bought 2 decent strikers that can actually play a little.

  • racerat - 2011-02-02 12:28

    What a waste of money! He must have a good agent with excellent negotiating skills. Glad Liverpool got the bucks for him and bought 2 decent strikers that can actually play. Good riddance. He thinks that the sun shines out his arse!

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