Are Chelsea Set to Complete £40m Deal for Liverpool Striker Torres?

Anfield hero on Stamford Bridge shopping list.

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Chelsea believe they are closing in on the £40m-plus signing of Fernando Torres.

Premier League champions Chelsea have already made the first steps in trying to sign the Liverpool striker this summer.

And the Chelsea hierarchy believe they can beat off opposition from Manchester City and from abroad to land the Spanish superstar.

City are also keen and willing to pay but cannot offer Champions League football.

It would be the most sensational transfer in Premier League history, setting a new record for a deal between clubs.

But Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is prepared to bankroll a huge assault on the transfer market this summer to make another attempt on the Champions League.

Abramovich believes Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti – who faces Portsmouth in today’s FA Cup final – is the man to take the club forward.

Ancelotti this week admitted that he is a big admirer of Torres, just 24 hours after Didier Drogba also said the Spaniard was a player he would love to partner at Chelsea. (Daily Mirror)

One thing Liverpool fans have to admit about the mounting speculation about their star striker moving to Chelsea and that is that its far more likely than the Spaniard moving to Man City. There have been a plethora of pieces in the press of late stating that Carlo Ancelotti is looking to snap up the Anfield hero and one wonders at the validity of such stories but would it be unwise to totally rule them as mindless rumours?

Lets face it, if Tom Hicks and George Gillett sanctioned any such deal they may as well never return to Liverpool ever again. It would leave two hugely unpopular men having to live like fugitives, such would be the rightful anger directed at them from the Merseyside clubs fans.

I think the main reason a deal such as this will not happen is that the player himself has clearly forged a great love for the club over the past two seasons and appears to want to make things happen at the club and if he does want to win medals and trophies he seems far more keen to muck in and try to do so at Anfield.

If Torres did leave Liverpool it would surely only be to make a move abroad as to jump ship to another Premier League club would simply make him a target for mass abuse. I think that the speculation will continue to thrive but I feel a move to Chelsea is very unlikely.

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