The current credit crisis doesn’t appear to be hurting every club out there. Even though the club has denied the report, rumours were circulating around this morning that Manchester City ownership had contacted Liverpool’s Fernando Torres about a possible offer than would have doubled the striker’s salary to £200,000-a-week.
According to reports in Spain, members of City’s owners, the Abu Dhabi United Group, met with Torres’ advisors within the past fortnight, hoping to complete a move when the January transfer window opens.
Spanish daily Marca claims City have offered to double Torres’ current wages in an effort to prise the highly-rated striker away from Anfield.
Such a deal would certainly eclipse the £32.5 million British transfer record that brought Robinho to Eastlands from Real Madrid.
For the time being, though, Torres has insisted he is happy to stay at Anfield, with five years left to run on his contract.
The 24-year-old is aware of City’s interest, but has instructed his agents to immediately rebuff any bid from a rival Premier League club.
And City officials have dismissed suggestions that they are planning a swoop for Torres. (Daily Telegraph)
Regardless if Man City made a swoop for Torres or not, the news that the club has that much money to blow has to have the rest of the league on edge. Whilst many are just scrapping by, it appears that there are a rare few that could be massive players in the January window. However, it appears that while Man City’s list is long, Fernando Torres will not be part of the new regime.