Stamford Bridge outfit ready to up the stakes as they look to nab Anfield hero.
It appears that Chelsea are ready to up the ante in their pursuit of Liverpool striker Fernando Torres and Carlo Ancelotti is now in the process of drawing up a player plus swap deal for the Spanish international. The Stamford Bridge boss knows that the longer time that passes without agreeing a deal for the Anfield goal machine the less likely a deal will be struck and is therefore hoping that offering some of his Blues side as part of a exchange may encourage Roy Hodgson to consider a deal.
The likes of Brazilian centre back Alex, Salomon Kalou and Yuri Zhirkov are apparently on offer if the Merseyside club decides to do business. Clearly a lot depends on whether the 26 year old pushes for a Liverpool exit that seems highly unlikely given the adulation he receives from the club’s loyal support.
A lot could also depend on whether the club’s co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett believe that a sale is unavoidable given the large debt the club is currently operating under. Roy Hodgson is valiantly battling to avoid any of his big name stars mid concerns that Torres, Steven Gerrard and Javier Mascherano could all be ready to quit the club after a torrid season last term.
Hodgson said when he was unveiled as Liverpool’s new manager that he wanted to keep his key, inherited assets, and he maintains that stance.
But the ex-Fulham chief admits that the Reds are having to worry, saying: “We are working very hard on making certain the players we have at the club who you would call the ‘good players’ are going to be with us for next season.
“The board are working very hard in that area. Some players are a bit disappointed after what happened last season and we want to make sure we get that enchantment back.” (Sky Sports)
Torres suffered a thigh injury during the World Cup Final but the signs are that the damage is not as bad as at first thought and that could add more impetus in Chelsea’s chase for a new striker. The west London club are desperately looking for long term striking options as their current pairing of Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba are both over 30 and it seems that the former Atletico Madrid man is the Premier League champions number one target.
Chelsea are determined to continue their pursuit of Fernando Torres despite the serious thigh injury the Liverpool striker picked up during Sunday’s World Cup final.
Chelsea, however, have not been deterred by Torres’ latest injury and sources say they are confident they can strike a deal with Liverpool once he returns from holiday. (Independent)