Anfield club read to let Spanish international move to Stamford Bridge, but only for the right price.
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Liverpool will allow Fernando Torres to join Chelsea before tomorrow’s transfer deadline as long as the London club meet their asking price for the disaffected Spain international.
Having long promised Chelsea’s support a marquee signing without delivering, owner Roman Abramovich must now decide whether to release a club-record sum to secure a player he deeply admires.
A British record fee of £50 million (Dh292.5m) is Liverpool’s asking price for Torres, though their American owners would also be prepared to accept a package including a ready-made replacement, such as the former France striker Nicolas Anelka.
Despite rejecting a transfer request from Torres late on Friday, senior figures at Anfield accept the club’s interests might be best served by letting Torres go – if the deal is right.
SOURCE: The National
Liverpool Football Club have a tough decision to make and not much time to deliberate on which option to take. Do they elect to keep a player who is clearly pushing for an exit or do they look to cash in as best they can on a player who is clearly a hugely important figure at Anfield.
Fernando Torres has stated very clearly he wants out, which is something I guess he is well within in his rights to call for. However to do so with so little time left in the transfer window is really adding insult to injury.
The Merseyside is right to push for as much as they can, if indeed this source is accurate, but one wonders what will happen if Chelsea up their bid but not to the £50m valuation?
Also is the addition of 31 year old Nicolas Anelka much of an incentive to get the deal done? What do supporters of both teams feel is a fair price?