Spanish international offered huge Stamford Bridge contract.
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Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay is waiting at the club’s Cobham training ground for the arrival of Fernando Torres in order to complete a deal worth £80 million in transfer fee and wages.
Chelsea will pay £45 million cash with a large chunk up front, plus a basic salary of £200,000-a-week – plus bonuses – which will almost double Torres’ current £110,000-a-week deal at Liverpool.
A five-year contract with signing-on fee would be worth £35 million – bringing the overall investment to a staggering £80 million.
Whilst it would be churlish, and perhaps just plain wrong, to assume that money was a motivating factor in Fernando Torres’s decision to leave Liverpool it does seem the Spanish international will get a huge pay rise when he completes his move down south.
Carlo Ancelotti will be pleased to see Roman Abramovich give him the transfer fund boost the Blues dearly need in order to freshen up their West London squad and along with the capture of Benfica defender David Luiz, it has been a pretty good day to be a Chelsea supporter.