Chelsea Set to Complete £70m Deal to Sign Liverpool Striker Fernando Torres?

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Fernando Torres of Spain lies injured. Spain defeated Iraq 1-0 during the FIFA Confederations Cup at Free State Stadium, in Mangaung/Bloemfontein South Africa on June 17, 2009. Photo via Newscom

Just days after betting was suspended on Joe Cole joining Liverpool before a move was completed, bookmakers Paddy Power have closed the market on Fernando Torres’ proposed move to Chelsea. The Spanish striker’s reluctance to commit his future to Liverpool has also led to interest from would-be kings Manchester City. However, after a flurry of bets backing the player to move to London it appears that if he is to leave Anfield, it will be to join bitter rivals Chelsea.
“We re-opened the market on Fernando’s next club due to the speculation and interest from punters following comments from the City boss Roberto Mancini,” said Paddy Power spokesman Roberto Coladangelo.
“However, it became clear today that the punters now believe in the rumours linking the Spaniard to west London, forcing us to reassess the market.”
Radio station Talksport also revealed that they heard on good authority from two reliable sources that a move was imminent. (
Kop Source)

I am worried. First Roy Hodgson openly admits that Fernando Torres is not happy at the club. Then a number of reliable sources state that there is actually a price on the Spaniard’s head and its around £70m. Now I have no reason to think that El Nino would leave the club for Manchester City because he doesn’t strike me as the type of person who would forsake ambition for a quick buck.

However a move to Chelsea would at least make sense from a playing perspective, even though it would anger me greatly for a number of other reasons. If the former Atletico Madrid man felt that the club were going backwards then perhaps he would push for an exit.

Then add into the equation a bookmaker closing the market on this deal. They did the same hours before Joe Cole agreed to join us and a similar announcement was made before Michael Owen went to Manchester United last summer, a deal that no one would have predicted.

I would put nothing past Tom Hicks and George Gillett. Torres’s anger relates to broken promises relating to the amount invested in new playing talent and he has a point. We haven’t exactly brought in world class talents have we. Look at those who we have signed in his three years at the club, how many could you honestly say were top notch purchases? How many have proved to be successes? You could count them on the fingers of a hand with less fingers than it surely usually have.

I really hope that this proves to be nothing more than empty speculation.


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