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Liverpool and Chelsea produced an extraordinary finale to the January window today by both agreeing to break the British transfer record to sign Andy Carroll and Fernando Torres respectively in a combined spending spree that could reach almost £150m.
Torres was set to become the most expensive signing made by a British club when Chelsea finally met Liverpool’s £50m asking price but it was the Anfield club’s decision to pay £35m to lure Carroll from Newcastle United that caused the greater surprise on deadline day. Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool’s owner, is committed to a further £22.8m to secure the signature of Luis Suárez from Ajax while Roman Abramovich’s outlay eventually reached £76.5m when Chelsea sealed a deal worth £26.5m for David Luiz from Benfica.
Liverpool moved for Carroll as they prepared to allow Torres to complete his acrimonious departure from Anfield. An initial £25m offer was rejected by Mike Ashley, the Newcastle owner, but Liverpool were informed an additional £10m would be sufficient to sign a 21-year-old who has made only 41 appearances in the Premier League and won one England cap. FSG then sanctioned Liverpool’s club record transfer and, despite claims that Newcastle had rejected the deal and were reluctant to let their homegrown talent leave, Carroll flew to Merseyside in a private jet to undergo a medical and finalise personal terms after submitting a transfer request.
Carroll will join Suárez in a new-look Liverpool attack once the Uruguay international has been granted a work permit. At the time of going to press, FSG was also looking to end its protracted pursuit of the midfielder Charlie Adam having made a third offer to Blackpool in the region of £10m. A deal for Adam would take Liverpool’s spending to around £70m in one day and underlined FSG’s intention to move on without Torres.